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Fifth CPTPP Commission Meeting

1 September 2021

Ministers and Senior Officials representing the 11 CPTPP signatories participated in the fifth CPTPP Commission meeting held virtually and hosted by Japan on 1 September 2021. Australia was represented by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP.

Video conference of 11 participants.

The fifth CPTPP Commission meeting was an opportunity for the Commission to reflect on implementation of the Agreement and its contribution to the global economy since its entry into force on 31 December 2018.

The Commission issued a joint statement highlighting in particular the welcome news of Peru’s ratification of the CPTPP, which will see the Agreement enter into force for Peru on 19 September 2021; the importance of the CPTPP in supporting recovery from COVID-19; the Commission’s decision to establish a committee on electronic commerce; progress on the accession process with the United Kingdom; and the steady implementation of the Agreement, including the work of the 17 subsidiary bodies who met virtually throughout 2021.

Singapore will host the next CPTPP Commission in 2022.

Fourth CPTPP Commission Meeting

2 June 2021

Ministers from the 11 CPTPP signatories participated in the fourth CPTPP Commission meeting held virtually and hosted by Japan on 2 June 2021. Australia was represented by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP.

Zoom meeting screen shot of Ministers on the fourth CPTPP commission meeting

The purpose of the fourth Commission meeting was to consider the United Kingdom’s formal request to accede to the CPTPP. The Commission agreed to commence accession negotiations with the UK and establish an accession working group, adopting the following decision:

The Commission also released a Joint Ministerial Statement on 2 June 2021.

Third CPTPP Commission Meeting

6 August 2020

Ministers and Senior Officials from the 11 CPTPP signatories participated in the third CPTPP Commission meeting held virtually and hosted by Mexico on 5 August 2020 / 6 August AEST. Australia was represented by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham.

Screengrab of video conference call of 12 officials.

The CPTPP Commission issued a joint statement on 6 August 2020, emphasising the importance of full implementation of the Agreement and cooperation on COVID-19 economic recovery. The Commission instructed Senior Officials to work towards establishment of a committee on digital trade, and to consider a consolidated plan to advance work on CPTPP-focussed initiatives to respond to COVID-19.

Ahead of the Commission meeting, the following committees met for the second time: Trade in Goods; Rules of Origin; Agricultural Trade; Technical Barriers to Trade; Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures; Small and Medium Sized Enterprises; State Owned Enterprises; Development; Cooperation and Capacity Building; Competitiveness and Business Facilitation; Environment. The committees for Textiles and Apparel Trade; Financial Services; and Regulatory Coherence, and the Professional Services Working Group met for the first time.

The CPTPP Commission will meet again in Japan in 2021.

Second CPTPP Commission Meeting

9 October 2019

Representatives from the 11 CPTPP signatories participated in the second CPTPP Commission meeting in Auckland on 9 October 2019.

Second CPTPP Commission Meeting Logo

The CPTPP Commission made the following decisions:

Members of the CPTPP Commission also issued a joint statement [PDF 416 KB] on 9 October 2019.

Alongside the Commission, the following Committees met for the first time in Auckland: Trade in Goods; Rules of Origin; Agricultural Trade; Technical Barriers to Trade; Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures; Small and Medium Sized Enterprises; State Owned Enterprises; Development; Cooperation and Capacity Building; Competitiveness and Business Facilitation; Environment; and the Labour Council.

The CPTPP Commission will meet again in Mexico in 2020.

First CPTPP Commission Meeting

19 January 2019

The first CPTPP Commission meeting was held in Tokyo on 19 January 2019. The CPTPP Commission is the decision-making body of the CPTPP, which was established when the CPTPP entered into force on 30 December 2018.

The CPTPP Commission made the following decisions:

Members of the CPTPP Commission also issued a joint ministerial statement [PDF 91 KB].

Group photo of representatives from the CPTPP.
Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Mark Coulton MP, joining Japanese Prime Minister Abe and other representatives from CPTPP member countries at the first CPTPP Commission meeting held in Tokyo on 19 January 2019. Credit: Australian Embassy, Tokyo.
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