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ANZCCJ Welcomes Australia-Japan Free Trade Agreement
8 April, 2014 --- The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) welcomes the conclusion of the negotiations of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Australia and Japan.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott reached a broad accord on a bilateral economic partnership agreement (EPA).
Prime Minister Abe said, “I’m really glad that the broad agreement was reached in the EPA negotiations. The Japan-Australia EPA is an extremely important framework to promote trade and investment.”
Abbott said the trade agreement is very important for prosperity of Japan and Australia. He added that the accord was finalised because both countries have maintained a close relationship.
Upon the conclusion of the FTA negotiations, Melanie Brock, Chair of the ANZCCJ, shares the positive sentiment among the Australian business community in Japan.
“This is an important step for Australia and Japan. It will seek to enhance an already strong business trading relationship and create further opportunities for the business community, both in Australia and Japan.
The Chamber acknowledges the Australian Embassy, the negotiators and all those who helped to bring about this historic development.”
About the ANZCCJ
The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) was established in 1991 to promote the development of commerce between Australia and Japan, and New Zealand and Japan. It is a non-profit organization with approximately 600 members. ANZCCJ’s mission is to play a constructive and meaningful role in developing Australia/New Zealand-Japan business by providing members with an effective source of information, representation and commercial connections.
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