First Round of Negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

May 13, 2013
Japanese

    1. The first round of negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, from May 9 to 13.
    2. In this round of negotiations, the meetings of Trade Negotiating Committee, in which senior officials participated, and of working groups 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 other relevant ministries attended the meeting.
    3. In this round of negotiations, the scope and method of negotiations, amongst others, were discussed.
    4. The next round of negotiations will be held in Australia between September 24 and 27.

(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)