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METI Minister Motegi Visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from February 8 to February 11, 2013.

In Saudi Arabia, Minister Motegi had meetings with His Excellency Mohammed bin Sulaiman Al-Jasser, Minister of National Economy and Planning, His Excellency Tawfig Fawzan Al-Rabiah, Minister of Commerce and Industry, His Royal Highness Abdulaziz bin Salman, Assistant Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, and His Excellency Walid bin Hussein Abu Al-Faraj, Vice President of KACARE (King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy).

In Abu Dhabi, UAE, Minister Motegi had meetings with His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency Abdulla Nasser Al-Suwaidi, Chief Executive Officer of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), His Excellency Jawan Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Petroleum Council, His Excellency Nasser Ahmad Khalifa Al Sowaidi, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development, and His Excellency Khaldoun Khalifa Ahmed Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority. MOUs on ten cooperation projects were signed before Minister Motegi and dignitaries of Abu Dhabi.

1. Saudi Arabia

  1. In the meetings with H.E. Al-Jasser, Minister of National Economy and Planning and H.E. Tawfig, Minister of Commerce and Industry, both sides confirmed the advancement of specific matters regarding the framework for Japan-Saudi Arabia industrial cooperation, such as investment and fostering of human resources. Both sides also agreed to extend the five-year framework of the industrial cooperation. In addition, both sides agreed to support further expansion and activities of Japanese companies there.
  2. In the meeting with H.R.H. Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, both sides confirmed Saudi Arabia's stable oil supply to Japan, maintenance of the existing cooperative relationship for stabilizing the global oil market, and enhancement of energy conservation cooperation. In addition, both sides agreed to support further expansion and activities of Japanese companies there in various fields in addition to oil.
  3. In the meeting with H.E. Al-Faraj, Vice President of KACARE, both sides agreed to advance comprehensive cooperation, including fostering of human resources in the nuclear power field, and research and development in the renewable energy field.

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Meeting with H.E. Al-Jasser, Minister of National Economy and Planning

Meeting with H.E. Al-Jasser, Minister of National Economy and Planning

Meeting with H.E. Tawfig, Minister of Commerce and Industry

Meeting with H.E. Tawfig, Minister of Commerce and Industry

Meeting with H.R.H. Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources

Meeting with H.R.H. Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources

Meeting with H.E. Al-Faraj, Vice President of KACARE

Meeting with H.E. Al-Faraj, Vice President of KACARE

2. Abu Dhabi, UAE

  1. In the meeting with high-level officials of the UAE who are involved in oil interests, including H.H. Sheikh Mansour, Deputy Prime Minister, and H.E. Al Dhaheri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Petroleum Council, both sides exchanged views on an approach to renewal of the offshore oil interests that will expire in 2018 as well as on future cooperation between the countries in the nuclear power field. Deputy Prime Minister Mansour proposed an exchange of public-private economy missions between the countries to Minister Motegi, and Japan agreed with the proposal. In the meeting with H.E. Khaldoun, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, both sides shared the same view on the importance of promoting nuclear power cooperation.
  2. Ten documents regarding Japan-Abu Dhabi cooperation, which include financing of 3 billion dollars from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) to the ADNOC, Japan's acceptance of 500 trainees from the ADNOC for a period of five years, and stationing of Japanese councelors in Abu Dhabi for supporting people who wish to study in Japan were signed before Minister Motegi and dignitaries from the Abu Dhabi side. Both sides also confirmed the progress of comprehensive cooperation in various fields, not limited to the energy field.

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Meeting with H.H. Sheikh Mansour, Deputy Prime Minister

Meeting with H.H. Sheikh Mansour, Deputy Prime Minister

Meeting with H.E. Al Dhaheri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Petroleum Council

Meeting with H.E. Al Dhaheri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Petroleum Council

Meeting with H.E. Khaldoun, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority

Meeting with H.E. Khaldoun, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority

Signing ceremony (related to oil field; before Minister Motegi and H.E. Al-Suwaidi, Chief Executive Officer of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC))

Signing ceremony (related to oil field; before Minister Motegi and H.E. Al-Suwaidi, Chief Executive Officer of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC))

Signing ceremony (related to fields other than oil; before Minister Motegi and H.E. Al Sowaidi, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development)

Signing ceremony (related to fields other than oil; before Minister Motegi and H.E. Al Sowaidi, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development)

Release Date

February 13, 2013

Division in Charge

  • Middle East and Africa Division, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • International Affairs Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
 
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