First Round of the Negotiations for a Japan-Canada Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)
November 30, 2012
- The first round of the negotiations for a Japan-Canada Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was held from Monday, November 26 to Friday, November 30 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- The meeting was attended by, on the Japanese side, Mr. Jun Yokota, Ambassador in charge of Economic Diplomacy (Chief Delegate) and representatives from other relevant ministries, and on the Canadian side, Mr. Ian Burney, Assistant Deputy Minister for Trade Policy and Negotiations, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Chief Negotiator) and representatives from other relevant departments.
- At the round, the framework for the negotiations including negotiation structure and negotiating groups was discussed, and both sides shared their understanding. Both sides exchanged their views on a broad range of negotiating areas at Expert-level meetings.
- The next negotiation (second round) will be held in Ottawa around April 2013. The details of the schedule will be arranged through diplomatic channels.
- (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)