Joint Statement by the First Joint Committee on the Japan-Brunei Darussalam Economic Partnership Agreement(EPA)

July 31, 2008

On July 31 (Thu), the Japan-Brunei Darussalam Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force, and the First Joint Committee Meeting on the Agreement was held at Iikura House in Tokyo.  This Joint Committee Meeting was attended on the Japanese side by Mr. Masahiko Koumura, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fukushiro Nukaga, Minister of Finance, Mr. Hiromi Iwanaga, Senior Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Mr. Yoshitaka Shindo, Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and on the Brunei Darussalam side by H.R.H. Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  A Joint Statement was issued.