As the UK prepares to leave the EU, we are committed to working together in new areas of mutual interest as the UK develops policies and positions on issues such as agriculture and customs, including through practical cooperation and the exchange of information and expertise.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, represented New Zealand at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Leaders’ Summit, held on 14 November 2017 in Manila, the Philippines, in the margins of the ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit meetings. This was the first RCEP Leaders’ Summit to be held since the launch of RCEP negotiations in November 2012.
The Meeting recalled decisions from the 5th RCEP Ministerial Meeting in September 2017: in particular, to make utmost effort to achieve significant outcomes from the negotiations by the end of 2017 to bring the negotiation closer to its successful conclusion. While welcoming some progress in text negotiations at this Round, the Meeting observed that progress across all areas had remained uneven.
At the RCEP September 2017 meeting, Ministers noted the progress that had been made in the negotiation, though reiterated their instruction from the Ha Noi Ministerial (in May 2017) for countries to translate their previous political commitments into action, with wider mandates where necessary.