TPP deal on cards this month: Bollard, Every country has to ratify one way or another, which would take a year.

It is possible a Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal will be thrashed out by the end of the month, says Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) executive director Alan Bollard. Trade officials are busy ahead of a meeting of Apec trade ministers in Qingdao, China on May 18 and 19.

Among them are the trade ministers of the 12 countries negotiating a TPP agreement. "They have pencilled in going to Singapore immediately after that for a TPP meeting but I think they will only do that if they think they can get a sign-off," Bollard, the former Reserve Bank governor who now heads the Apec secretariat, said on Thursday.