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Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press
Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement pose for a group photo at a meeting in Lahaina, Hawaii on Thursday, July 30, 2015. From left, Peru's Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Magali Silva, New Zealand's Minister of Trade Tim Groser, Mexico's Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Malaysia's Minister of International Trade and Industry Mustapa Mohamed, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Japan's Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari, Chile's Director General of International Relations Andres Rebolledo, Canada's Minister of International Trade Ed Fast, Brunei's Second Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Lim Jock Seng and Australia's Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb.

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations meeting at a Hawaii resort are wrapping up four days of talks on the establishment of a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy.

The wide-ranging Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are addressing tariffs on autos, rice and dairy products, as well as intellectual property protections for pharmaceuticals.

The talks have also covered establishing environmental protections for participant nations, which range from developing countries like Vietnam to industrial powers like Japan.

The Obama administration says a pact would boost U.S. economic growth and help keep high-quality jobs in the country by increasing exports.

Ministers from the 12 countries are scheduled to hold a news conference later Friday.