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METI Minister Kajiyama Attends APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting via Video Conference

July 25, 2020

On July 25 (Sat.), 2020, an APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting was held via video conference, and Mr. Kajiyama Hiroshi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, attended the meeting. The ministers in attendance held discussions on APEC’s efforts for addressing the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and future approaches to economic recovery, adopted a statement and issued a Declaration on Facilitating the Movement of Essential Goods.

The meeting was held via video conference in response to a call by Malaysia, the 2020 APEC chair, in light of the recent expansion of COVID-19, and Minister Kajiyama and Mr. Wakamiya Kenji, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, attended the meeting as representatives of Japan.

At the meeting, the ministers held discussions on APEC’s efforts for addressing COVID-19 and future approaches to economic recovery and adopted a statement. The statement is a compilation of specific efforts which APEC has been implementing in response to the Statement on COVID-19 by APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade issued on May 5, 2020. Along with this, they also issued a Declaration on Facilitating the Movement of Essential Goods this time in response to the goal “facilitate the flow of essential goods” set in the statement in May 2020.

Highlights of the statement adopted this time are as follows.

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