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Panel tasked with studying CPTPP wants another 60 days

Jul 01. 2020
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By THE NATION

An extraordinary committee tasked with studying whether Thailand should join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has said it requires another 60 days.

The committee’s chairman Veerakorn Kamprakob said this was necessary as its three subcommittees need more time to complete their work. The original deadline for the job was early July.

The three subcommittees were assigned the job of studying the pact from the aspects of economy, agriculture and public health. Given that Thailand is an agriculture-oriented country, this aspect needs to be studied very carefully.

The committee, which was appointed by the House of Representatives last month, will put in for an extension at the House meeting on July 10.

The CPTPP is a free-trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam.

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