Nishimura urges Sep. CPTPP meeting on UK entry

A Japanese Cabinet minister who chairs the 11-member Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership has suggested that the first working-level meeting to discuss Britain's bid to join the group may be held later this month.

Ministerial-level talks of the CPTPP, also known as TPP11, were held online on Wednesday, Japan time. The participants agreed to hold the first working-level meeting to discuss Britain's entry in about a month. They also agreed to set up a subcommittee on e-commerce toward boosting trade through digitalization.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Japanese Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi said Britain's entry may have great importance in allowing the CPTPP rules to apply beyond the Asia-Pacific region.

He said member states are now working closely to arrange the opportunity to discuss the UK's admission.