Summary of the Second Round of Negotiations for Japan-Colombia Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

May 27, 2013
Japanese

    1. From May 20 to 24, the second round of negotiations for the Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and Colombia was held in Cali, Colombia.
    2. From the Japanese side, Mr. Jun Yokota, Ambassador in charge of Economic Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and representatives from other relevant ministries attended the meeting. From the Colombian side, Mr. Javier Humberto Gamboa Benavides, Chief Negotiator, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, and representatives from other relevant ministries attended the meeting.
    3. In this round of negotiations, progress has been achieved through negotiations in areas including Trade in Goods and Services, Rules of Origin, Customs Procedures, Intellectual Property, Competition, Cooperation, and Improvement of Business Environment.
    4. Both sides decided to hold the third round of negotiations in Tokyo, and the dates would be decided through diplomatic channels. Both sides decided, in the mean time, to continue to work to make as much progress as possible in each area in a flexible manner including holding teleconferences.

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