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METI State Minister Makihara Visits Shanghai, China

November 6, 2019

From November 4 (Mon.) to 6 (Wed.), 2019, Mr. MAKIHARA Hideki, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Shanghai, China, to attend the Second China International Import Expo (CIIE) and a WTO Informal Ministerial Meeting, which were held in Shanghai, China.

1. The Second China International Import Expo (CIIE)

The CIIE is a large-scale exhibition and matchmaking meeting held by the Government of China, aiming to expand imports and promote trade liberalization. At the exhibition, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) served as the general liaison counter for Japan, and 371 Japanese companies and associations presented displays, the largest number of participating companies of all the participating countries. State Minister Makihara attended a welcome reception party and an opening ceremony and visited the Japan Pavilion, established by JETRO as a general liaison counter, and other booths presented by Japanese companies.

Date: From November 5 (Tue.) to 10 (Sun.), 2019

Venue: National Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai

Scale of the venue: 360,000 square meters

Hosts: Ministry of Commerce of China, and Shanghai Municipal People’s Government

Organizers: China International Import Expo Bureau, and National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Visitors: Domestic and overseas buyers, general visitors, governmental stakeholders and others

2. WTO Informal Ministerial Meeting

Under the chairmanship of China, the WTO Informal Ministerial Meeting was held bringing together officials from 34 WTO member countries and the WTO Secretariat. Participants held discussions on goals to be achieved at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) as well as their commitments to the WTO reform.

State Minister Makihara stated the need for enhancement of the WTO rules and functions and strengthening of WTO monitoring functions. In particular, he mentioned the WTO’s negotiations on electronic commerce and stressed the importance for member countries to aim towards achieving substantial progress in the negotiations before the convening of MC12 in accordance with the Osaka Declaration on Digital Economy, a leaders’ statement issued at the G20 Osaka Summit Meeting. Moreover, a Meeting of Like-minded Member Countries on Facilitation of Investment was held and participants agreed to fortify their work to obtain specific outcomes before the convening of MC12 and they issued a ministerial statement (see the Appendix).

3. Meeting with the Ministry of Commerce, China

State Minister Makihara exchanged views with H.E. Mr. Wang Bingnan, Vice Minister, Ministry of Commerce, China, concerning the further development of Japan-China economic ties, and he requested that China terminate and relax regulations over imports of Japanese foods as early as possible.


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