The Obama administration has proposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement that aims to promote economic growth and create job opportunities across the Pacific Rim.

The TPP involves 12 countries, including the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Brunei. Together, these countries account for approximately 40 percent of the global economy.

The primary goal of the TPP is to reduce tariffs and eliminate a wide range of non-tariff barriers to trade. The agreement covers a variety of industries, including agriculture, telecommunications, intellectual property, and labor rights.

Proponents of the TPP argue that it will lead to increased economic growth and job creation. They also point out that the TPP includes provisions to protect the environment and promote labor rights.

Opponents of the TPP, however, argue that the agreement will result in job losses for workers in certain industries, particularly those in manufacturing. They also point out that the TPP includes provisions that could undermine public health and consumer protections.

One of the most controversial aspects of the TPP is the inclusion of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions. These provisions allow foreign corporations to sue governments in private tribunals if they believe that their investments have been unfairly treated. Critics argue that this gives too much power to corporations and undermines the ability of governments to regulate in the public interest.

Overall, the TPP has been a highly contentious issue, with strong opinions on both sides of the debate. It remains to be seen whether or not the agreement will be ratified and implemented, and what the long-term effects on the global economy will be.