• U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Japan's Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari pose during a group photo session during a break in negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement in Lahaina, Hawaii on Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

    U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Japan's Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari pose during a group photo session during a break in negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement in Lahaina, Hawaii on Thursday, ... July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy) (The 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, Singapore's Minister for Trade and Industry Hng Kiang Lim, 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. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

    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, Singapore's Minister for Trade and Industry Hng Kiang Lim, ... 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. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy) (The 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. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

    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. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy) (The Associated Press)

Pacific Rim trade ministers wrapping up wide-ranging trade agreement talks at Hawaii resort

Economic Indicators Associated Press

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.

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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.