In November 2008,
during the 16th APEC leaders' meeting in
Lima, Peru, the governments of Peru and Japan agreed
to initiate preliminary talks on an economic
partnership agreement in late March 2009. A preparatory meeting
towards launching negotiations for the Japan-Peru
Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was held from
March 23 to 25 in Tokyo, Japan. Based on the results
of this meeting, the EPA negotiations were
officially launched on April 14, 2009.
Peru and Japan held their first round of negotiations for an Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) in Lima, from 25-30 May 2009. The second round took place in Tokyo
from 6-10 July, the third round, in Lima on 06 October; the fourth round in Tokyo,
on 06 October 2009 and the fifth round in Lima from 01-06 and 10-12 February 2010.
The sixth round was held in Tokyo, from 18-31 August 2010.
On 14th November 2010, the Prime Minister of Japan and the President of the Republic
of Peru held a bilateral meeting on the occasion of the APEC Leaders Meeting in Yokohama,
Japan. During this meeting the parties discussed issues regarding the EPA and declared
the successful conclusion of the negotiations. On 31 May 2011, Peru and Japan signed the
Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), in Tokyo, Japan.