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State Minister Nagasaka Attends Ministerial Meeting of Ottawa Group via Video Conference

May 26, 2021

On the evening of May 26 (Wed.), 2021, a Ministerial Meeting of the Ottawa Group, consisting of like-minded WTO member countries, was held via video conference, and Mr. Nagasaka Yasumasa, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, attended the meeting.

Overview of the meeting

The Ottawa Group was inaugurated in 2018, bringing together like-minded WTO member countries* proactive in WTO reform under the leadership of Canada as its chair. Since the spread of COVID-19, the group has been continuously advancing discussions for the purpose of compiling proposals on approaches to securing member countries’ access to medical supplies.
This meeting was held via video conference and, as representatives of Japan, State Minister Nagasaka and Mr. Washio Eiichiro, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, attended the meeting. Participants held discussion on trade and health with the attendance of H.E. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
State Minister Nagasaka made the following comments at the meeting.

Comments

* Note: Participants (14 countries and regions and the WTO Secretariat):
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the EU, Japan, Kenya, the ROK, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, the UK, and the WTO Secretariat

Division in Charge

Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau
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