1. The Ministers from the 16 RCEP Participating Countries (RPCs) attended the 5th RCEP Ministerial Meeting held on 10 September 2017 in Pasay City, Philippines. The Ministers noted the progress made since they last met at the 3rd RCEP Intersessional Ministerial Meeting on 21-22 May 2017 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, including the holding of the 19th round of negotiations on 24-28 July 2017 in Hyderabad, India. The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to further intensify efforts in a cooperative manner for the swift conclusion of the RCEP negotiations in line with the Leaders’ mandate. To this end, the Ministers reiterated their statement fro Ha Noi that political commitments are now urgently needed to be translated into action, with wider mandates where necessary, and agreed to make utmost effort to achieve significant outcomes of the RCEP by end of 2017 to bring negotation closer to its successful conclusion.

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