KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8, 2016:

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) would be signed in February, with or without Malaysia, said Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

“We expect the signing to take place in February and we will table it in the Dewan Rakyat on Jan 27 and Dewan Negara on Jan 28 for voting,” he told reporters after hosting a town hall session with small and medium entrepreneurs here today.

Earlier, it was announced that New Zealand, one of 12 members of the TPPA, was expected to host the signing of the landmark deal.

The TPPA countries make up almost 40% of the world’s gross domestic product and a third of global trade.

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