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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyMETI Minister Motegi visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

From January 19 to 22, 2014, Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). He had meetings with H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and other dignitaries of the country. He also attended the World Future Energy Summit and the Ministerial Renewable Energy Forum of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IOR-ARC). During his visit, he had meetings with H.E. Dr. Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy, and other dignitaries from other countries who attended the meetings.

1. Meetings with Abu Dhabi Dignitaries

1) Crown Prince Mohammed

Based on the results of Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Abu Dhabi in May 2013, Minister Motegi and Crown Prince Mohammed agreed that both sides will support a 15-year extension of the interests in Japanese enterprises in the Upper Zakum Oil Field, which secures Japan’s interest in the independent development of oil fields. In addition, they confirmed the importance of cooperation in the field of energy, including upstream oil development, as well as reaching an agreement that they will enhance cooperation in a variety of fields, including renewable energy. Taking the opportunity of having the meeting, Minister Motegi delivered personal letters from Prime Minister Abe directly to Crown Prince Mohammed and H.H. Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.

2) H.E. Mr. Khalifa Mohamed Al Kindi, member of the Supreme Petroleum Council, and H.E. Mr. Abdullah Nasser Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Japan and UAE confirmed that they will strengthen their mutually cooperative relationship in the field of energy, and agreed that they will further develop cooperation between Japan and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in the areas of education, academia and medicine as well.

3) H.E. Mr. Khaldoun Khalifa Ahmed Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority as well as Chairman of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

Japan and UAE confirmed that they will enhance mutual cooperation in the field of energy, and agreed that they will enhance cooperation in a variety of other areas, including education, investment and medical care. In addition, they exchanged views on UAE’s plans for nuclear power generation.

4) H.E. Mr. Nasser Ahmed Al Sowaidi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department for Economic Development

Japan and UAE agreed to strengthen their cooperative relationship in a wide range of areas, including promotion of mutual investment, education and human resource development for SMEs. In addition, following the meeting, they signed two Cooperation Agreements concerning human resources and academic exchange between the countries.

2. Attending international meetings

1) Keynote speech at the World Future Energy Summit

Minister Motegi presented not only Japan’s initiatives for formulating new energy policies but also its other policies and technical potential in the fields of renewable energy and energy saving, on which Abu Dhabi places high value. In addition, he expressed Japan’s approach to promoting Japan-UAE cooperation in the field of renewable energy, through making efforts concerning the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), where Minister Motegi will serve as chair at its General Assembly meeting in 2015.

2) Attending the Ministerial Renewable Energy Forum of the IOR-ARC

Minister Motegi attended the Ministerial Renewable Energy Forum of the IOR-ARC, a ministerial session co-organized by the Ministry of Interior, UAE, and IRENA. At the meeting, he explained Japan’s policies for renewable energy, while stating Japan’s contribution to energy-related issues involving IRENA and the Indian Ocean rim countries.

3. Meetings with other dignitaries

1) H.E. Dr. Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy

Japan explained to the U.S. Japan’s efforts for formulating a basic energy plan and both sides exchanged views on Japan-U.S. energy cooperation in a variety of areas, including natural gas, coal, nuclear power and clean energy. In addition, the issue of exporting LNG from the U.S. to Japan, in which Japan will be able to procure such gas at a low cost due to the “shale gas revolution,” was discussed. Concerning this issue, Japan requested early approval from the U.S. for the remaining projects.

2) Mr. Adonan Z. Amin, Director-general of IRENA

Minister Motegi and Director-general Amin confirmed that Japan will continue to develop the partnership with the Secretariat of IRENA, as a chair of the 2015 General Assembly meeting.

Release Date

January 23, 2014

Division in Charge

International Affairs Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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