Summary of the Ninth Round of Negotiations for the Japan-Colombia Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)
December 19, 2014
1. From December 15 to 19, the Ninth Round of Negotiations for the Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and Colombia was held in Tokyo, Japan.
2. From the Japanese side, Mr. Toshiro Suzuki, Ambassador for International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and representatives from relevant ministries attended the meeting. From the Colombian side, Mr. Abdul Fatat Romero, Negotiator, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, who led the delegation on behalf of Mr. Gamboa, Chief Negotiator, who could not attend suddenly due to affairs of home country, and representatives from relevant ministries and agencies participated.
3. In this round of negotiations, progress has been achieved in such areas as Trade in Goods, Trade in Services, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement, Rules of Origin and Electric Commerce, among others.
4. Both sides decided to work on scheduling the dates of the tenth round of negotiations through diplomatic channels.