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METI State Minister Takagi Visits the Arab Republic of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and India

From July 8 (Sat.) to 15 (Sat.), 2017, Mr. Yosuke Takagi, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited the Arab Republic of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and India.

In Egypt, he held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Sherif Ismail, Prime Minister, Egypt, accompanied by H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy. Taking this opportunity, State Minister Takagi explained Japan’s project concerning infrastructure development in the field of electricity through conversation with Prime Minister Ismail and Minister Shaker.

In the UAE, State Minister Takagi paid a courtesy call on H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and exchanged views concerning bilateral relationships and regional situations. Following this, he also held meetings with H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court (CPC), H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and other dignitaries of the governments of the UAE and Abu Dhabi.

In India, State Minister Takagi held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, the Government of Andhra Pradesh (GOAP). Accompanied by a mission of 72 people from 21 companies and 10 organizations from Japan, following on from 2016, he also attended a Andhra Pradesh - Japan Public - Private Joint Conference and held discussions with AP concerning the development of the new AP state capital and the promotion of developing industrial clusters. Following this, both sides signed a joint statement between METI and GOAP to further materialize actions for the development of the new AP state capital and industrial cooperation. Furthermore, State Minister Takagi held meetings with each of H.E. Mr. Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State, Ministry of Finance, and H.E. Mr. Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, State Government of Bihar.

1. Egypt

(1) Meeting with Prime Minister Ismail

State Minister Takagi held a meeting with Prime Minister Ismail and Minister Shaker. He explained Japan’s project for constructing a Hamrawein Ultra Supercritical Power Plant, as the first coal-fired power plant in Egypt, in which a Japan-Egypt enterprise coalition has been engaging, stressing Japan’s unique methods for operation and management of the plant as well as those for maintenance and inspection therefor and also declaring localization of fabrication and construction of the plant to the maximum extent possible. Following this, both sides exchanged views concerning a variety of issues, including expansion of cooperation in the field of electricity and enhancement of bilateral economic ties.

(2) Visiting a Nissan plant in Egypt

State Minister Takagi visited Nissan Motor Egypt, a plant boasting the largest scale of investment in Egypt by a Japanese company and exchanged views with its staff concerning current situations of the company in production and sales, challenges that Japanese companies are facing in the country, measures for enhancing Japan-Egypt economic ties.


(Meeting with Prime Minister Ismail)

(Touring Nissan Motor Egypt)

2. The UAE

(1) Paying a courtesy call on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

  • State Minister Takagi paid a courtesy call on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and delivered a personal letter from Prime Minister Abe directly to him. In addition, State Minister Takagi also cited the importance of the field of energy in the bilateral relationship between Japan and the UAE, and stated that placing the field at the core, Japan intends to promote comprehensive and multilateral cooperation with the UAE in a wide variety of areas, covering industry/investment, SMEs, education, medical care, advanced technologies and other issues. Crown Prince Mohammed agreed on this statement. Moreover, State Minister Takagi appealed to extend the oil concessions possessed by Japanese companies concerning offshore oilfields in the country. Following this, both sides exchanged views concerning regional situations in the Middle East.

(2) Meetings with dignitaries of the governments of the UAE and Abu Dhabi

  • At the meeting with Chief Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, both sides exchanged views concerning global situations, including regional situations in the Middle East, and also agreed on the further advancement of cooperation in the field of industry and investment not only in Japan and the UAE but also in other countries, including the Middle East and North Africa regions.
  • At the meeting with H.E. Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, both sides exchanged views concerning regional situations in the Middle East as well as trends in global crude oil markets.
  • At the meeting with H.E. Saif Mohamed Al Hajeri, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (DED), both sides shared a recognition that Japan and Abu Dhabi need to engage in long-term cooperation in investment and industry in a wide variety of fields, not limited to the field of energy, so as to contribute to developing the economies of Japan and Abu Dhabi. Both sides also held discussions on approaches to advancing the fifth Abu Dhabi-Japan Economic Council (ADJEC) to be held on July 19, 2017.
  • At the meeting with H.E. Khaldoon Khalifa Ahmed Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority (EAA), both sides agreed that they will continue to enhance their bilateral cooperation relationship in a wide variety of fields, focusing on the field of energy.
  • At the meeting with Minister Jaber, both sides exchanged opinions on the new growth strategy promoted by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and also confirmed the importance of further deepening Japan-Abu Dhabi comprehensive cooperation ranging from upstream projects to midstream projects and to downstream projects in the field of oil and gas.

(Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan)

(Chief Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan)

(Chairman Hajeri)

(Minister Mazrouei)

(Chairman Khaldoon)

(ADNOC CEO Jaber)

3. India

(1) Signing of a joint statement between METI and GOAP concerning the development of a new AP capital city and industrial cooperation

State Minister Takagi and Chief Minister Naidu signed a joint statement between METI and GOAP on the development of a new capital city and industrial cooperation in order to confirm the progress that has been made and to express a firm resolve forwards continuity their cooperative effort.


(Concluding a joint statement with Chief Minister Naidu)

(2) Holding a bilateral meeting with Chief Minister Naidu and attending the Andhra Pradesh - Japan Public - Private Joint Conference

  • State Minister Takagi held a meeting with Chief Minister Naidu, as the fifth meeting between them, and held meticulous discussions concerning Japan-AP cooperation projects one by one for the development of the new AP capital city and industrial cooperation. Both sides agreed on acceleration in advancing these projects, and consequently, this meeting contributed to further fortifying a relationship of mutual trust.
  • Concerning Japan’s cooperation on the development of the new AP capital city, both sides confirmed the progress of the projects and discussed future directions thereof at the bilateral meeting as well as at the Japan-AP Public-Private Joint Conference held under the co-chairmanship of State Minister Takagi and Chief Minister Naidu, bringing together approximately 140 stakeholders from Japan and AP.
  • Moreover, concerning the issue of the formulation of information and communication technology (ICT) architectural master plan for the new AP capital city, which is a project requested by GOAP, State Minister Takagi expressed that METI will conduct the Pre-Feasibility Study for taking shape the master plan in cooperation with related organizations in Japan. At the same time, State Minister Takagi also expressed that MLIT is ready to provide Japan’s knowledge in formulating a master plan for developing an Electronic City Zone and a Sport City Zone, in response to the request of GOAP.
  • Furthermore, both sides exchanged views concerning investment promotion and human resource development of the Sri City area in the southern part of AP, one of the 12 Japan Industrial Townships (JITs) across India. Specifically, both sides held discussions on sharing the challenges and hopes of Japanese companies in developing business in the area and also on efforts for overcoming the challenges.
  • Moreover, both sides welcomed Prime Meiden, a joint venture between Meidensha Corporation of Japan and Prime Group of India, that together with the N.B.K.R Institute of Science and Technology in AP state, decided to establish the first Japanese Endowed Courses (JEC) in September 2017. JEC is one of the pillars of the Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme, agreed to by Prime Ministers Abe and Prime Minister Modi at the Japan-India summit meeting in 2016, which seeks cooperation on human resource development in the manufacturing sector and contributes to India’s policies “Make in India” and “Skill India”.

(Holding a bilateral meeting with Chief Minister Naidu)

(Attending the Japan-AP Public-Private Joint Meeting)

(3) Bilateral meeting with State Minister of Finance Gangwar

  • At the meeting with State Minister of Finance Gangwar, both sides exchanged views concerning a variety of issues, including development of the new AP capital city, development of an investment environment in Gujarat, development of infrastructure, e.g., subways and urban railways, and cooperation involving the potential dissemination of environmental automobiles.

(Bilateral meeting with State Minister of Finance Gangwar)

(4) Bilateral meeting with Chief Minister Kumar, the Government of Bihar

  • At the meeting with Chief Minister Kumar, both sides reconfirmed the deep bond achieved through Buddhism between Japan and India and exchanged views concerning interaction based on human resources and tourism between Japan and India. Moreover, they also held discussions on measures for advancing cooperation in industrial development in Bihar.

(Bilateral meeting with Chief Minister Kumar)

Appendix

Release date

July 19, 2017

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