USTR Staff Meet with Trans-Pacific Partnership Counterparts, Prepare for Congressional Consultations on TPP
In the wake of President Obama's announcement that the United States will engage with the Trans-Pacific Partnership to shape a trade agreement that includes the high standards and broad geographic scope necessary to successfully integrate Asia-Pacific economies, staff from the Office of the United States Trade Representative remained in Singapore on Sunday and Monday to meet with counterparts in Trans-Pacific Partnership countries. The United States intends to consult closely with Congress and with all stakeholders at home, and to engage with the TPP participants to shape an agreement that includes the high standards and broad geographic scope necessary to successfully integrate Asia-Pacific economies.
USTR staff and their TPP country counterparts met to discuss work that would need to be done to develop proposals to fill gaps in previous trade agreements and to shape a 21st century trade agreement. These discussions will inform consultations with Congress and with stakeholders about how best to move forward on TPP.