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METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki Visits the United Mexican States and India

From February 21 (Wed.) to 27 (Tue.), 2018, Mr. Daisaku Hiraki, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited the United Mexican States and India to attend an OECD Ministerial Conference on SMEs and the Partnership Summit 2018 respectively.

1. OECD Ministerial Conference on SMEs

On February 22 and 23, the OECD Ministerial Conference on SMEs was held hosted by H.E. Mr. Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary-General, and chaired by H.E. Dr. Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of the Economy, Mexico. Focusing on the main subject “Strengthening SMEs and Entrepreneurship for Productivity and Inclusive Growth,” participants from 33 OECD member countries, 22 OECD non-member countries and 13 international organizations exchanged views concerning a variety of issues surrounding SMEs.

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki delivered a couple of speeches and explained Japan’s efforts for facilitating business transition of SMEs, for revising the credit guarantee system and improving SMEs’ access to financing, and for supporting SMEs in digitalization to scale up their businesses. Participating countries showed strong interest in these efforts.

Finally, participants adopted a declaration of the OECD Ministerial Conference on SMEs as an outcome of the conference.

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Delivering speech at the OECD Ministerial Conference on SMEs
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Photo session

During a break at the conference, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki held a bilateral meeting with H.E. Mr. Juan Carlos Baker Pineda, Undersecretary of Foreign Trade, Secretariat of the Economy, Mexico. Both sides exchanged views concerning the current situation of Japanese companies developing business in Mexico. Following this, during another break at the conference, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki held meetings with H.E. Ms. Ana Teresa Lehmann, Secretary of State of Industry, Portugal, and with H.E. Ms. Mari Kiviniemi, OECD Deputy Secretary-General and former Prime Minister of Finland.

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Exchanging views with Undersecretary Baker
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Exchanging views with Deputy Secretary-General Kiviniemi

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki visited the Japan-Mexico Association, an association of people of Japanese ancestry living in Mexico, and exchanged views with executives of the association and people from its youth group concerning enhancement of collaboration between Japan and the society of people of Japanese ancestry in Mexico.

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Paying a floral tribute at the Japan-Mexico Association
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Group photo at the Japan-Mexico Association

2. India

(1) Attending the “Partnership Summit 2018” in India

The “Partnership Summit 2018” was held in India by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the State Government of Andhra Pradesh (AP), India. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki attended a Japan Country Session held on February 25, a breakdown session of the summit. He delivered a speech and explained the current cooperative relationship between Japan and AP, in particular, cooperation in the development of the new AP capital city. Participants showed strong interest in this effort. Additionally, Japanese companies explained their efforts in India, in particular, AP state, as well as MOUs concluded between Japanese companies and organizations related to the state government of AP.

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The beginning of the Japan Country Session
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Exchange ceremony of MOUs

(2) Meeting with H.E. Mr. Nara Chandrababu Naidu, AP Chief Minister

At the meeting with AP Chief Minister Naidu, both sides confirmed Japan’s past cooperative efforts mainly in the development of the new AP capital city. Following this, both sides exchange views concerning the current situation of formulating a master plan in transportation for the development of the new AP capital region, the collaboration with Singapore and other issues, and confirmed that both countries will advance discussions to fortify the Japan-AP cooperative relationship.

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Holding a bilateral meeting with AP Chief Minister Naidu
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(3) Meeting with H.E. Mr. Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, India

At the meeting with Minister Prabhu, both sides exchanged views concerning the current situation of Japan-India trade and investment and challenges in further promotion thereof, including advancement of the Japan-India Roadmap for Investment Promotion.

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Holding a bilateral meeting with Minister Prabhu

(4) Meeting with H.E. Mr. S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), Singapore

At the meeting with Minister Iswaran, both sides exchanged views concerning Japan-Singapore collaboration in the development of the new AP capital city. They welcomed the conclusion of a joint statement on a framework to promote specific Japan-Singapore cooperation to develop the new capital city and confirmed the importance of achieving concrete projects for the development.

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Holding a bilateral meeting with Minister Iswaran
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(5) Visiting Amaravati

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki visited Amaravati, the new AP capital city under development, confirmed the progress in the development, and exchanged views with stakeholders concerning future cooperation involving the development.

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Visiting Amaravati
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Release date

February 27, 2018

Division in Charge

Information on the OECD SME Ministerial Conference:
Office for International Cooperation, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency
Information on the “Partnership Summit 2018” in India:
Southwest Asia Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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