We would like to invite you to a private, off-the-record roundtable meeting launching the Atlantic Council’s Global Trade and the Americas initiative on Wednesday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at our headquarters at 1030 15th Street NW, 12th floor, in Washington, DC. The meeting will begin with opening comments from Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY), a founding member of the House of Representative’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) caucus, to be followed by a roundtable discussion among attendees. You are being asked to join as part of a small group of handpicked trade experts.

This is a pivotal moment for global trade policy as new mega-regional agreements, namely TPP and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), redefine the nature and scope of twenty-first century trade agreements. The United States and Europe are focal points for negotiations, but Latin America is at the center of their convergence.

Building on the Atlantic Council’s ongoing thought leadership on TTIP, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and Global Business and Economics Program are launching the Global Trade and the Americas initiative to highlight the opportunities of global trade developments and contribute to a broader public discussion on the benefits of new trade agreements. Through public and private meetings and publications, this initiative will engage and inform influential European, US, Latin American, and Asian leaders from the public sector, business community, nongovernmental organizations, and media on emerging trade prospects and the effects on agreements already in force.

We would like you to join us as part of this effort. The May 21 meeting will shape the Council’s new efforts to advance the trade agenda with an open discussion on the status of pending agreements and on the strategy and specific products that would most effectively broaden awareness of the positive implications of global trade. We will also discuss participant interest in committing to more regular discussions and overall involvement with the Atlantic Council on trade issues.