Ukraine has formally applied to join CPTPP, Japan: “Must be carefully evaluated”

The governments of New Zealand and Japan stated on the 7th that Ukraine has formally submitted an application to New Zealand, the depositary of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

According to the report, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand said on the same day that the country had received a formal request from Ukraine on May 5, and that the next steps in the relevant application process would be decided by all CPTPP member states. According to the plan, CPTPP member countries will hold a meeting in Auckland, New Zealand on July 16.

Shigeruyuki Goto, Minister of Economic Regeneration of Japan, said at a regular press conference on the 7th that as one of the CPTPP member countries, Japan must carefully evaluate whether Ukraine fully meets the high standards of CPTPP in terms of market access and rules.

CPTPP was formerly known as TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement), which was signed in October 2015 by 12 countries including the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, and Vietnam. In January 2017, the then U.S. President Trump signed an executive order after taking office, announcing his withdrawal from the TPP. After the United States withdrew, Japan began to lead the TPP to take effect, and the TPP was subsequently renamed CPTPP. After repeated consultations, 11 member states completed the CPTPP negotiations in early 2018, and on December 30 of the same year, the CPTPP came into effect. On March 31, 2023, the British Trade Secretary Bard Noch announced that the UK will officially join the CPTPP and will become the 12th member state.

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