Fifth Round of Negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
1. The fifth round of negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was held in Singapore, from June 21 to 27.
2. In this round of negotiations, the meetings of the Trade Negotiating Committee, in which senior officials participated, and of working groups on Trade in Goods, Trade in Services, Investment, Economic and Technical Cooperation, Intellectual Property, Competition, and Legal and Institutional Issues 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, the preparation of the second RCEP Ministerial Meeting which is scheduled to be held in August, 2014, amongst others, were discussed.
4. The next round of negotiations will be held in India in December, 2014.