Second Round of Negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
1. The second round of negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was held in Brisbane, Australia, from September 24 to 27.
2. In this round of negotiations, the meetings of the Trade Negotiating Committee, in which senior officials participated, and of working groups concerning issues such as Trade in Goods, Trade in Services and Investment were held. From the Japanese side, Mr. Yasushi Masaki, Deputy Director-General, Economic Affairs Bureau of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and representatives from relevant ministries attended the meeting.
3. In this round of negotiations, the scope and method of negotiations, amongst others, were discussed. A competition seminar was held under the auspices of the Australian government.
4. The next round of negotiations will be held in Malaysia between January 21 and 24, 2014.