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With TPP signed, 2-year ratification process is up next

Singapore's Trade and Industry Minister (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang (third from right) at the signing ceremony of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal in Auckland on Thursday. He inked the pact with trade ministers from the 11 other TPP member countries.

AFTER five long years of tough negotiations and several missed deadlines, Singapore and 11 other Pacific-Rim nations finally put pen to paper on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a big step towards establishing what will be the biggest trade deal in history.

The US-led pact was signed