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METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa Attends the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting

May 20, 2019

Mr. Akimasa Ishikawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Viña del Mar, the Republic of Chile, and attended the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) Meeting held there on May 17 and 18, 2019.

Taking this opportunity, he exchanged views on cooperation in making a success of the APEC MRT meeting and bilateral economic ties with H.E. Mr. Roberto Ampuero, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chile, and other representatives of participating economies.

1. APEC MRT Meeting

Under the chairmanship of Minister Ampuero, participants in the meeting proactively held discussions on certain issues mainly focusing on the subjects of: advancing APEC’s support for the WTO, advancing APEC’s regional economic integration agenda, and strengthening inclusive and sustainable growth in the digital era.

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa made the following statements and which were well received by other participants.

(1) Regarding the subject of advancing APEC’s support for the WTO, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa stated the following opinions:

(2) Regarding the subject of advancing APEC’s regional economic integration agenda, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa stated the following opinions:

(3) Regarding the subject of strengthening inclusive and sustainable growth in the digital era, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa mainly stated the following opinions:

As an outcome of the meeting, the APEC economies adopted a joint statement after reaching consensus and released the statement.

2. Bilateral meetings and other occasions

Taking this opportunity, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa exchanged views on cooperation in making a success of the APEC MRT meeting and bilateral economic ties with Minister Ampuero and Mr. Rodrigo Yanez, Vice Minister of Trade, Chile, and other representatives of participating economies.

3. Attending a media briefing on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which was hosted by the government of Chile

On May 16, 2019, the day before the convening of the APEC MRT meeting, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa attended a media briefing on CPTPP hosted by Minister Ampuero in Santiago, Chile, together with: Mr. Kiyoto Tsuji, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan; H.E. Mr. James Gordon Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, Canada; H.E. Mr. David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth, New Zealand; H.E. Mr. Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore; and other ministers of the CPTPP member countries. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa explained to the press the specific advantages of the CPTPP, in particular for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

4. Concluding the agreement for renewing the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Ministry of Mining, Chile

On May 17, 2019, during the period of the APEC MRT meeting, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Baldo Prokurica, Minister of Mining, Chile. The two sides concluded an agreement for renewing the MOC between METI and the Ministry of Mining, Chile, which was concluded in 2014.

At the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on their concerns that the two countries should hold discussions in the public-private policy dialogue to be held under the MOC. Moreover, Minister Prokurica requested that Japan participate in APEC Mining Week to be held in August 2019.

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