Summary of the Third Round of Negotiations on the Japan-India Economic Partnership Agreement

July 4, 2007

  1. The Third Round of Negotiations on the Japan-India Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was held from June 25 (Mon) to 28 (Thu) in New Delhi, India, at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  2. In this Round, Mr. Sumio Kusaka, Deputy Director-General of the Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (coordinator of the Japanese co-chairs), other Director-General-level co-chairs, and officials from relevant ministries and agencies of Japan, and Mr. Dinesh Sharma, Joint Secretary of the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Indian co-chair) and officials from relevant ministries of India participated.
  3. A summary of the discussion is as follows:

    (1) Such areas as trade in goods (market access, general rules, rules of origin, customs procedures), trade in services, investment, intellectual property, improvement of business environment, cooperation and other areas, were discussed at the working-level (co-chair-level) or expert-level.  Views were exchanged on issues of interest and progress was made in each area.  Discussion was also made on draft texts in several areas.

    (2) In respect of market access of trade in goods, the participants had a discussion mainly on the modalities of the negotiations, building upon the previous negotiations.

  4. The next negotiations (fourth round) will be held in Tokyo in early September.  The details of the schedule will be determined through diplomatic channels.
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