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Launching of the Negotiations for Japan-Bangladesh Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)


On Mar 12, 2024,

1. The Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh have decided to launch the negotiations for the Japan-Bangladesh Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

2. The decision is based on the recommendation in the report of the Joint Study Group on the Possibility of an EPA between Japan and Bangladesh (released in December 2023), which summarizes the discussions and outcomes of the Joint Study Group held in 2023.The report recommends that the negotiations for the conclusion of an EPA between Japan and Bangladesh be launched, as the conclusion of a comprehensive and high-level EPA between Japan and Bangladesh will contribute to the strengthening of economic relations, including the expansion of trade and investment between the two countries.

3. Japan will coordinate with Bangladesh to hold the first round of the negotiations at an appropriate time.

4. To announce this initiation, Ambassador IWAMA Kiminori participated in the joint press conference with Mr Ahasanul Islam Titu Honorable State Minister for Commerce, and Mr. Tapan Kanti Ghosh, Senior Secretary of Ministry of Commerce.