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

June 22, 2007

  1. The Third Round of Negotiations on the Japan-India Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) will be held from June 25 (Mon) to 28 (Thu) in New Dehli, 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 will participate.
  3. At the Round, the negotiations will be overviewed in the plenary session, and such issues as market access in trade in goods, other issues relating to trade in goods (general rules, rules of origin, customs procedures), trade in services, investment, intellectual property, improvement of business environment, cooperation and other areas will be discussed in the working-level (co-chair-level) or expert-level sessions.
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