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Joint Statement on Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers Released

May 23, 2019

On May 23 (Thur.), 2019, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, attended the Sixth Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers of the United States, Japan, and the European Union in Paris, the French Republic. At the meeting, the three partners agreed on a joint statement of the Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers.

Sixth Trilateral Meeting of Trade Ministers

Minister Seko, H.E. Mr. Robert E. Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, and H.E. Dr. Cecilia Malmstrom, European Commissioner for Trade, held the Sixth Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers.

At the meeting, the three partners confirmed the progress in discussions on industrial subsidies rules, forced technology transfers, and market-oriented conditions. In particular, they made substantive progress in the points of contention concerning the issue of industrial subsidies rules and agreed on future advancement of discussions on this issue at the WTO meetings while encouraging like-minded WTO member countries to participate in such discussions.

In addition, concerning the issue of the WTO reform, they agreed that they will aim to reach an agreement on a joint proposal for the WTO’s notification system as early as possible. Concerning the issue of the WTO electronic commerce negotiations, the three partners welcomed the joint statement released at the Davos Meeting in January 2019 and confirmed that they will aim to achieve a high-level agreement on electronic commerce by encouraging as many WTO member countries as possible to participate in the agreement.

In addition, they agreed on trilateral cooperation in tackling advancement of the WTO reform and other challenges in the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy to be held in June 2019.

In wrapping up the meeting, they agreed on a joint statement as an outcome of their discussions.

Division in Charge

Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau