The Brunei-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (BJEPA) is Brunei Darussalam’s first bilateral free trade agreement. The BJEPA was signed by His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam and then Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, on 18 June 2007 in Tokyo.There are 11 chapters in the agreement covering Trade in Goods; Rules of Origin; Trade in Services; Investment, Energy, Cooperation; Improvement of Business Environment, Custom Procedures; General Provisions; Final Provisions; and Dispute Settlement. With the signing of the BJEPA, Brunei and Japan’s relations have moved on to a higher level, particularly in the economic sphere. The BJEPA is aimed at increasing new market opportunities for Brunei in Goods and Services and attracting more investment into Brunei. Amongst the other benefits of the Agreement are:
The BJEPA was notified to the WTO on 31 July 2008, and was considered by the CRTA (Committee on Regional Trade Agreements) on 15-16 September 2009.An exchange of diplomatic notes was held on 1 July 2008 and the BJEPA entered into force on 31 July 2008. Please click the links below to download documents related to the Brunei – Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.
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