Discuss three issues that may seem questionable in relation to the agreement.
Given that eight other nations have already signed their participation, would you recommend to the U.S. Senate that it should be ratified?
On October 4, 2015, Ministers of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam – announced conclusion of their negotiations.
The result is a high-standard, ambitious, comprehensive, and balanced agreement that will promote;
support the creation and retention of jobs;
productivity and competitiveness;
raise living standards;
reduce poverty in our countries; and promote transparency,
good governance, and
enhanced labor and environmental protections.
We envision conclusion of this agreement, with its new and high standards for trade and investment in the Asia Pacific, as an important step toward our ultimate goal of open trade and regional integration across the region.