The TPP, an ambitious idea pushed hard by President Barack Obama's administration, would address the '21st century trade issues' such as intellectual property protections, digital trade rights and protections for investors.
    
Billed as a historic agreement by Obama, TPP links 40 percent of the global economy, according to US experts.
    
The deal would have implications on India's foreign trade as it would break down tariffs on thousands of goods and establish uniform rules of commerce, they say.
    
"This partnership levels the playing field for our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers by eliminating more than 18,000 taxes that various countries put on our products," Obama said in a statement after the 12 countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US, and Vietnam -- released a joint statement following the agreement in the US city of Atlanta.
    
The joint statement released by the trade ministers of these 12 countries said in addition to "liberalising trade and investment between us, the agreement addresses the challenges our stakeholders face in the 21st century, while taking into account the diversity of our levels of development."
    
To formalize the outcomes of the agreement, negotiators will however continue the technical work to prepare a complete text for public release, it said. TPP talks began in 2008.
    
Last month, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman refuted that India is being left out.
    
"If you're looking at India being left out. That's not really true," she said in Washington when asked about India not being part of the TPP.
    
"We are very actively engaged in ARSEP (Asean Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) which consists of ASEAN and ASEAN FTA countries. So we actually in ARSEP are moving faster along with other members," Sitharaman had said.

 

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