Joint Media Statement of the Inaugural RCEP Ministers’ Meeting

1. ASEAN Member States alongside Australia, China, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand gathered in Siem Reap on 17 September 2022 for the Inaugural RCEP Ministers’ Meeting. The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Dr. Jerry Sambuaga, Vice Minister of Trade of Indonesia and H.E. the Hon Phil Twyford, Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth of New Zealand.

2. The Meeting welcomed the entry into force of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement on 1 January 2022, which also almost coincides with the launch of the RCEP negotiations in 2012 when Cambodia was also the ASEAN Chair. Noting the importance of the RCEP Agreement to the region, the Meeting looked forward to its ratification by all signatory States.

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