10 Nov 2010

PM hoping for progress on trade deal at APEC

10:29 am on 10 November 2010

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he hopes to get a sense of how much progress is being made on a regional free trade agreement at this week's APEC meeting in Japan.

Mr Key will join 20 world leaders for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation talks at Yokohama where a main focus will be free trade discussions.

Nine countries attending APEC are working on an agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

New Zealand, Brunei, Chile and Singapore have already signed up to the agreement, but the United States, Australia, Malaysia, Peru and Vietnam are also in talks to join.

Mr Key says he hopes to hear that the countries involved are on track to a successful conclusion.

The Prime Minister says he will visit Tokyo before APEC to strengthen tourism and investment links.