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METI Minister Motegi Visited Switzerland

From January 25 to 27, 2014, Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Switzerland. During his visit, he participated in the Informal WTO Ministerial Gathering and the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 in Davos, and had bilateral meetings with Ambassador Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative, and Mr. Andrew Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment, Australia.

1. Informal WTO Ministerial Gathering

The Informal WTO Ministerial Gathering was held with 22 countries and regions attending, including Japan, the U.S., EU, Australia and Canada. At the meeting, participants discussed how the WTO negotiations should proceed after the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali, Indonesia, in December 2013. Minister Motegi and Mr. Yoshimasa Hayashi, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, attended the meeting as representatives of Japan.

Minister Motegi called the attention of the participants to the early adoption of the Protocol for the Agreement on Trade Facilitation and the importance of advancing plurilateral negotiations, including the expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and the discussion on environmental goods.

2. World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 in Davos

A Japan Session, an informal meeting with experts from participating countries, was held with greater than scheduled attendance. Japan described its economic growth and growth strategy to participating experts and business leaders from around the world, and was impressed by positive feedback.

3. Meetings with ministers

1) Ambassador Froman

Minister Motegi and Ambassador Froman had a fruitful meeting to exchange views on the TPP and WTO issues. Concerning the TPP, they confirmed that they will continue cooperating toward an early conclusion of the negotiations. As regards the WTO issues, they agreed that the two countries will endeavor to cooperate in negotiations on expansion of the ITA and issues of the discussion on environmental goods.

2) Minister Robb

Minister Motegi and Minister Robb broadly exchanged views on bilateral and multilateral issues, including those concerning the Japan-Australia EPA, TPP, WTO and G20. They confirmed that they will maintain and further develop the close partnership between Japan and Australia.

Release Date

January 27, 2014

Division in Charge

  • Information on the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 in Davos:
    International Economic Affairs Division, Trade Policy Bureau
  • Information on the WTO Informal Ministerial Meeting:
    Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau
  • Information on the bilateral meeting with Ambassador Froman:
    Americas Division, Trade Policy Bureau
  • Information on the bilateral meeting with Minister Robb:
    Asia and Pacific Division, Trade Policy Bureau

Related Information

Regional Affairs / Switzerland

WTO

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