Following the US government’s release of the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Caroline Atkinson joined Deputy Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Jason Marczak in a public conference call to discuss the next phase of the deal. Comprising thirty chapters and more than two thousand pages, the milestone TPP agreement broadens trade between the twelve signatories, improves labor requirements, and promotes greater transparency. Atkinson discussed the leading points of the agreement and highlighted how TPP will benefit the United States, grow the economy, and support US jobs.

“We see this trade deal as an extremely important plank in the President’s policies to increase wages, jobs, and living standards for American workers and American families. That is the bedrock principle of why the President has pressed for this deal and pressed for this deal to be the best it possibly can be,” Atkinson stated.

In addition to providing market access, Atkinson affirmed this deal breaks ground by addressing government procurement, state-owned enterprises, environmental standards, illegal logging, and wildlife trafficking. For the first time in history, TPP also puts forth enforceable standards for labor and the environment, and includes sections on anti-corruption, child labor, and the digital economy.