BANGKOK — The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Commerce participated in the fifth in-person negotiating round for the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) in Bangkok, Thailand, from September 10-16, 2023.
The U.S. delegation was co-led by Sarah Ellerman, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific and IPEF Pillar I Chief Negotiator, and Sharon H. Yuan, U.S. Department of Commerce Counselor and IPEF Pillars II-IV Chief Negotiator.
Building on the discussions that took place during the fourth negotiating round in Busan, South Korea, in July 2023, the IPEF partners continued to make progress on negotiations towards high-standard outcomes under Pillars I (Trade), III (Clean Economy), and IV (Fair Economy). Officials also continued discussions on the next steps for the proposed IPEF Supply Chain Agreement (Pillar II) following the substantial conclusion of negotiations in May and public release of the text on September 7.
Prior to the fifth negotiating round in Bangkok, USTR and the U.S. Department of Commerce jointly held a virtual IPEF listening session on August 24 in Washington, D.C. This listening session presented an opportunity for stakeholders to provide thoughts and comments on the IPEF negotiations. The U.S. government IPEF chief negotiators, as well as other representatives from USTR and the Department of Commerce, attended this event. A second in-person listening session was held with the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand on September 14 for interested stakeholders.
During the negotiating round, USTR and the U.S. Department of Commerce also briefed congressional committee staff and cleared advisors in attendance.
In keeping with our strong commitment to transparency in the development and implementation of the Biden-Harris Administration’s trade agenda, USTR and the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to provide regular updates and briefings to both stakeholders and Congress as negotiations progress.
The United States will continue to engage with IPEF partners and will participate in additional in-person negotiating rounds in 2023. Additional details regarding the next in-person negotiating round will be announced at a later date.
IPEF Negotiating Rounds and Ministerial Meetings
On June 29, 2023, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo hosted an IPEF virtual ministerial meeting, where the IPEF partners reaffirmed their shared commitment to ambitious outcomes in Pillars III (Clean Economy) and IV (Fair Economy) and discussed the importance of delivering concrete benefits, including technical assistance and capacity building to support future implementation of the high standard commitments envisioned under the two pillars.
The IPEF partners met in Detroit, Michigan, for a ministerial meeting on May 27, during which they recognized the progress made in Pillars I (Trade), III (Clean Economy) and IV (Fair Economy), and announced the substantial conclusion of negotiations on a landmark IPEF Supply Chain Agreement under Pillar II.
The first negotiating round was held in Brisbane, Australia, from December 10-12, 2022, followed by a special negotiating round on Pillars II-IV in New Delhi, India, from February 8-11, 2023. The second negotiating round was held in Bali, Indonesia, from March 13-19, 2023, followed by the third negotiating round in Singapore from May 8-15, 2023, and the fourth negotiating round in Busan, South Korea, from July 9-15, 2023.
For more information and updates on IPEF, please visit www.ustr.gov/ipef.