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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Foreign AffairsThe Second Iraq-Japan Water Conference was Held

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) dispatched a mission consisting of members from the public and private sectors to Baghdad, the Republic of Iraq. On February 3, 2014, the governments of Japan and Iraq convened the second Iraq-Japan Water Conference in Baghdad with about 190 people attending from both countries, and confirmed that they will develop bilateral cooperation in the water field.

1. Outline of the results of the conference

Iraq outlined the current situation of water usage in the country and its scheduled water-related projects, while METI explained Japan’s water policies, and Japanese private enterprises made presentations regarding their water-related technologies.

In addition, both sides agreed to advance bilateral cooperation in the water field and they signed a joint press statement (see Appendix(PDF:184KB) PDF File), in which minutes of the conference were recorded.

Furthermore, a business-matching event was held for conducting face-to-face business talks among participating enterprises, succeeding in facilitating the entry of Japanese enterprises into the field of water in Iraq as well as encouraging collaboration between Japanese companies and Iraqi companies which have the potential to become local partners.


Signing ceremony of the joint press statement

Business-matching event

2. Outline of meetings with Iraq’s dignitaries

Japan had meetings with the Minister of Municipality and Public Works, Technical Director of the Ministry of Oil, Services and Construction Committee, and other officials.

As a representative of the mission, Mr. Shuzo Takada, Deputy Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau of METI, introduced the fact that Japanese enterprises are highly interested in water-related businesses in Iraq and also asked for continued support for business activities of Japanese enterprises from the Minister of Municipality and Public Works. Following the introduction, each Japanese enterprise made a presentation concerning its advantageous technology.


Meeting with the Minister of Municipality and Public Works

Meeting with Ministry of Oil

References

Reference 1: Iraq-Japan Water Conference

Recently, many projects concerning improvement of water-related facilities are being considered in Iraq, and Japanese enterprises are highly motivated to participate in such projects. With this in mind, METI and the Iraqi government agreed to hold conferences to provide the Iraqi government and related enterprises with opportunities to introduce their initiatives to each other, aiming to further enhance Japan-Iraq cooperation in the field of water as well as to encourage Japanese enterprises to expand their businesses in Iraq, through collaboration between METI and related organizations. Based on this agreement, the first conference was held in Basra, Iraq in February, 2013.

Reference 2: Members of the mission

Government:
Mr. Shuzo Takada, Deputy Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau of METI, and others

Private enterprises: Six companies, including a water-related manufacturer, and others
Government-related organizations: Three organizations (Japan External Trade Organization, Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East, and Japan International Cooperation Agency)

Reference 3: For METI’s initiatives related to the water business, access the following link:

http://www.meti.go.jp/english/policy/mono_info_service/water_business/index.html

Release Date

February 4, 2014

Division in Charge

Office for Promotion of International Project, Infrastructure System and Water Industry, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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