The trade ministers from Japan, the United States, China and 18 other Pacific-Rim economies are attending the two-day meeting. Japan has sent state minister of trade Kosaburo Nishime. Trade ministers from member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum are meeting in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade called for compromises for the creation of a giant free-trade bloc in the APEC region.
Rimbink Pato encouraged the participants to work toward a comprehensive and high-quality deal.
The participants are also expected to discuss making rules for e-commerce, which is expanding across national borders.
They are expected to adopt a communique at the end of their meeting on Saturday.