This page outlines next steps now negotiations are close to concluding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and what has happened so far.

Next steps

Next steps for New Zealand

The next steps from conclusion of negotiations through to entry into force include:

You can read more about New Zealand’s general processes for treaty ratification on the Parliament website: https://www.parliament.nz/en/visit-and-learn/how-parliament-works/fact-sheets/parliament-s-role-in-international-treaties (external link)

Timeline

The following timeline sets out the negotiations to date. The RCEP negotiations began in 2012, followed by twenty eight negotiating rounds, numerous Ministerial meetings and 15c countries have agreed the text in November 2019.

  • November 2019: Ministerial meeting followed by Leaders’ Summit in Bangkok, Thailand
  • October 2019: Intersessional meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand
  • October 2019: Ministerial meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand
  • September 2019: Round 28 held in Da Nang, Viet Nam
  • August 2019: Ministerial meeting held in Beijing, China
  • July 2019: Round 27 held in Zhengzhou, China
  • June 2019: Round 26 held in Melbourne, Australia  
  • March 2019: Ministerial meeting held in Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • February 2019: Round 25 held Bali, Indonesia
  • November 2018: Leaders’ summit in Singapore
  • October 2018: Round 24 held in Auckland, New Zealand
  • July 2018: Round 23 held in Bangkok. Thailand
  • July 2018: Ministerial meeting held in Tokyo, Japan  
  • April 2018: Round 22 held in Singapore  
  • March 2018: Ministerial meeting held in Singapore
  • February 2018: Round 21 held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia  
  • November 2017: Leaders’ Summit held in Manila, Phillippines
  • October 2017: Round 20 held in Incheon, South Korea  
  • September 2017: Ministerial meeting held in Manila, Phillippines
  • July 2017:  Round 19 held in Hyderabad, India
  • May 2017: Ministerial meeting held in Ha Noi, Viet Nam  
  • May 2017: Round 18 held in Manila, Philippines
  • February 2017: Round 17 held in Kobe, Japan
  • December 2016: Round 16 held in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • November 2016: Ministerial meeting held in Cebu, Phillipines
  • October 2016: Round 15 held in Tianjin, China
  • August 2016: Round 14 held in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
  • June 2016: Round 13 held in Auckland, New Zealand  
  • April 2016: Round 12 held in Perth, Australia
  • February 2016: Round 11 held in Brunei
  • October 2015: Round 10 held in Busan, South Korea
  • August 2015: Ministerial Meeting held in Kuala Lumpu, Malaysia
  • August 2015: Round 9, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
  • July 2015: Intersessional  Ministerial Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • June 2015: Round 8 held in Kyoto, Japan
  • February 2015: Round 7 held in Bangkok, Thailand
  • December 2014: Round 6 held in New Delhi, India
  • June 2014: Round 5 held in Singapore
  • April 2014: Round 4 held in Nanning, China
  • January 2014: Round 3 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • September 2013: Round 2 held in Brisbane, Australia
  • May 2013: Round 1 held in Brunei