1. Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN Member States and the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan (“the Ministers”) met on 7 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand for the Twenty-Fifth AEM-METI Consultations. The Consultations were co-chaired by H.E. Jurin Laksanawisit, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce, Thailand and H.E. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan.
  1. The Ministers welcomed the signing of the First Protocol to Amend the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP) Agreement to incorporate the Chapters on Trade in Services, Movement of Natural Persons (MNP), and Investment, and looked forward to the entry into force of the Protocol. The Ministers also welcomed the proposal to launch an “ASEAN-Japan Fourth Industrial Revolution(4IR) Dialogue”, which is a two-way dialogue between ASEAN and Japan aimed at: i) identifying social and economic challenges to be solved through 4IR innovation, ii) sharing examples of pioneer businesses which apply digital innovation in real society and iii) discussing policies to create business-friendly environment for such innovation and business to be widely applied in the society.

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