Joint Statements on the RCEP Negotiations14/01/2019
In August 2012, 16 RCEP economic ministers launched the form of Guiding Principles and Objectives for Negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) among 16 countries: the 10 members of ASEAN (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam) and the six countries with which ASEAN has existing Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) – Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand.
Recognizing the ASEAN Framework for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the objective of launching RCEP negotiations is to achieve a modern, comprehensive, high-quality and mutually beneficial economic partnership agreement among the ASEAN Member States and ASEAN’s FTA Partners. RCEP will cover trade in goods, trade in services, investment, economic and technical cooperation, intellectual property, competition, dispute settlement and other issues.
Joint statements of RCEP leaders and ministers in the negotiation progress are attached below.
RCEP official information
Joint Leaders’ Statement on the RCEP Negotiations
Joint Statements of RCEP Ministerial Meeting