1. The Ministers from the 16 RCEP Participating Countries (RPCs) attended the 6 th RCEP Intersessional Ministerial Meeting held on 13 October 2018 in Singapore. The Ministers reviewed the developments since the 6 th RCEP Ministerial Meeting on 30-31 August 2018 in Singapore, particularly the outcomes of intersessional meetings held by various Working Groups and SubWorking Groups in September 2018 as well as the Special RCEP TNC Meeting on Market Access held on 6-9 October 2018 in Jakarta.

2. The Ministers welcomed the intensification of market access negotiations. While appreciating some narrowing of gaps, the Ministers emphasised the need for further improvements. The Ministers noted the progress in the negotiations of other chapters on rules, and urged all RCEP Participating Countries to continue to exert all efforts toward meeting the targets set out in the Package of Year-End Deliverables. The Ministers provided guidance on specific issues elevated by the Trade Negotiating Committee.

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