UPDATE: On Monday, Oct 8, Mexico announced that it had formally joined the TPP negotiatios, and that it will host an intersessional meeting in November. [Press Release]
Today Barbara Weisel, head of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations for USTR, held a civil society briefing on the state of the negotiations.
She announced that Canada and Mexico will officially join the TPP negotiations next week. They will have access to the texts and will participate in all TPP activities between now and the next round in December. Canada and Mexico will likely have bilateral meetings with the U.S. and others to “get up to speed” on specific issues. USTR received numerous comments in response to its Federal Register notice requesting comments on the countries’ entrance into the negotiations.