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METI State Minister Makihara Visits the Kingdom of Thailand

November 5, 2019

From November 1 (Fri.) to 4(Mon), 2019, Mr. MAKIHARA Hideki, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited the Kingdom of Thailand to attend a Preparatory Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial Meeting and a signing ceremony for collaboration projects between Japanese and Thai companies. Taking this opportunity, he held bilateral meetings each with: H.E. Mr. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Australia; H.E. Mr. Damien O’Connor, Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth, New Zealand; H.E. Mr. Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry, India; H.E. Mr. Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore; and H.E. Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister, Thailand.

1. Signing ceremony for collaboration projects between Japanese and Thai companies and bilateral meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Somkid

2. Bilateral meetings

Prior to the Preparatory RCEP Ministerial Meeting, State Minister Makihara held bilateral meetings each with: Minister Birmingham, Australia; Minister O’Connor, New Zealand; Minister Goyal, India; and Minister Chan, Singapore. At each meeting, the two sides exchanged frank views, mainly holding discussions on RCEP.

3. Preparatory RCEP Ministerial Meeting

State Minister Makihara attended the Preparatory RCEP Ministerial Meeting held on November 1, 2019. As a preparation for the third RCEP summit meeting to be held on November 4, 2019, participants confirmed the current situations of negotiations for RCEP, which has entered the final stage in negotiations toward conclusion by the end of 2019, and based on this, they held discussions on remaining points of policy contention as well as on specifics to be reported to respective leaders, matters to be released after the summit meeting and other issues. Minister Makihara then attended coordination meetings and other unofficial meetings regarding a draft joint statement and other issues discussed at the Preparatory Ministerial Meeting.

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