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METI Minister Seko Attends RCEP Ministerial Meeting

November 14, 2018

On November 12, 2018, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry attended a ministerial meeting for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) held in Singapore. Following this, on November 14, the Second RCEP Summit was held based on the results of the ministerial meeting, and along with Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, Minister Seko attended the Summit.

At the ministerial meeting on November 12, participating ministers from the RCEP Participating Countries (RPCs) held focused discussions on remaining political issues related to the current progress of the negotiations, and discussed the most appropriate methods of reporting the outcomes of the ministerial meeting to the Summit on November 14.

Following the ministerial meeting, the Second RCEP Summit held on November 14, and the heads of RPCs released a Joint Leader’s Statement as an outcome of the Summit. The statement states that the Leaders welcomed the substantial progress of the RCEP negotiations in 2018, and are determined to conclude a modern, comprehensive, high-quality and mutual beneficial RCEP in 2019.

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Economic Partnership Division, Trade Policy Bureau

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