2 Sep 2012

No TPP trade deal at APEC - NZ PM

9:44 am on 2 September 2012

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key does not think a trade deal with other nations will be signed in the coming days, but more progress towards an end result could be made.

Mr Key travels to Russia this week for the annual APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) meeting of 21 members.

with the relevant leaders in the room, Mr Key says discussion about the Trans-Pacific Partnership can continue.

But he doesn't think a deal will be made during this summit.

Mr Key says it will be a good chance to hear how certain economies are doing.

TPP negotiations are taking place between Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. Mexico and Canada are also scheduled to join.