Hon Tim Groser
Minister of Trade
19 August 2012
Groser welcomes visiting United States Senator
Trade Minister Tim Groser will meet with visiting United States Senator Max Baucus this week.
Senator Baucus, of Montana, is Chair of the US Senate Finance Committee and influential in trade policy, especially in
relation to free trade agreements.
“Senator Baucus’ visit presents an excellent opportunity to discuss a range of trade issues, including the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) negotiations,” Mr Groser says.
New Zealand and the United States are among nine countries currently participating in the TPP negotiations.
During his three-day visit, Senator Baucus will also meet with the Prime Minister, and Speaker of the House Hon Dr
Lockwood Smith. He will also meet with industry, particularly in the renewable energy sector, and with representatives
from Maori business.
Senator Baucus, a Democrat, was first elected to the Senate in 1978 and is currently the fifth longest-serving US
Senator in office.
TPP participants include Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet
Nam. Mexico and Canada will join the negotiations later this year.