October 15, 2019
From October 12 (Sat.) to 13 (Sun.), 2019, Mr. Sugawara Isshu, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Thailand to attend the Ninth Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Intersessional Ministerial Meeting. Taking this opportunity, he held bilateral meetings each with: H.E. Mr. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Australia; H.E. Mr. Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry, India; and H.E. Mr. Damien O’Connor, Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth and Minister for Biosecurity, New Zealand. Following this, he held a small group meeting with the chair of the ASEAN economies and other officials.
1. Ninth RCEP Intersessional Ministerial Meeting
Minister Sugawara attended the Ninth RCEP Intersessional Ministerial Meeting held on October 12 and held discussions with other participating ministers concerning future approaches to advancing RCEP negotiations toward a conclusion by the end of 2019.
Participating ministers welcomed the significant progress in negotiations since the previous ministerial meeting, such as the conclusion of seven new chapters and one annex. As future actions, they agreed that member countries will advance efforts for concluding RCEP negotiations to the maximum extent possible and hold a ministerial meeting as a preparation for the third RCEP summit meeting to be held in early November 2019.
2. Bilateral meetings and other occasions
Minister Sugawara held bilateral meetings each with: Minister Birmingham, Australia; Minister Goyal, India; and Minister O’Connor, New Zealand. Following these, he held a small group meeting with the chair of the ASEAN economies and other officials and held discussions mainly on approaches to advancing the issue of RCEP negotiations at the Ninth RCEP Intersessional Ministerial Meeting.
- Bilateral meeting with Minister Birmingham, Australia
- Bilateral meeting with Minister Goyal, India
- Bilateral meeting with Minister O’Connor, New Zealand
Divisions in Charge
- Information on the meetings with Australia and other countries:
Asia and Pacific Division, Trade Policy Bureau
- Information on the RCEP Ministerial Meeting:
Economic Partnership Division, Trade Policy Bureau
- Information on the meeting with India:
Southwest Asia Office, Trade Policy Bureau