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    Parliamentary Vice-Minister Seki Visited Mexico

    From February 18 to 20, 2015, Mr. Yoshihiro Seki, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited the United Mexican States.

    In Mexico City, he attended a Pacific Alliance Infrastructure Seminar, and also had meetings with Dr. Francisco Leopoldo de Rosenzweig Mendialdua, Undersecretary of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economy (SE), Dr. Radolfo Lacy Tamayo, Undersecretary of Planning and Environmental Policy, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Dr. Cesar Emiliano Hernández Ochoa, Undersecretary of Electricity, Ministry of Energy (SENER), and Dra. María de Lourdes Melgar Palacios, Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Energy (SENER). Moreover, he had a meeting with executives of Japanese descent led by Mr. Makoto Toda, President of the Japan-Mexico Association, and received explanations from them about the current situation of people of Japanese descent community in Mexico. At the same time, he stated that the Government of Japan will strengthen the ties of solidarity with people of Japanese descent.

    1. Attending the Pacific Alliance Infrastructure Seminar as a representative of Japan

    The Pacific Alliance, of which Mexico is a member, has been attracting global attention as a huge market, while its weak economic connectivity among member states due to its undeveloped infrastructures has been pointed out. As one of the efforts to address this situation, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) formulated an Infrastructure Master Plan for the Pacific Alliance in FY 2013 for the purpose of contributing to the improvement of infrastructure in the regions of the Pacific Alliance. At the seminar, which was held to introduce the details of the plan, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Seki expressed Japan’s expectations for contribution from its public and private sectors, with their high technical strengths, to the improvement of infrastructure in Mexico.

    2. Bilateral meetings

    [i] Meeting with Undersecretary Rosenzweig, Ministry of Economy (SE)

    At the meeting with Undersecretary Rosenzweig, both sides welcomed the excellent progress in developing the bilateral economic relationship as is seen in on-going proactive investments in Mexico by Japanese companies, on the basis of the Japan-Mexico Economic Partnership Agreement, which will mark the ten-year anniversary of enforcement this year. They also confirmed the further development of such good relationship, as well as the development of ever-closer cooperation between Japan and Mexico for the purpose of further enhanced relationships in the fields of oil and natural gas and further expansion of trade and investment between the countries.

    [ii] Meeting with Undersecretary Lacy, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT)

    At the meeting with Undersecretary Lacy, both sides agreed that they will aim at an early operating the Japan-Mexico Joint Crediting Mechanism, which was established during the visit of Prime Minister Abe to Mexico in 2014. Following this, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Seki expressed the potential contribution of the mechanism to Mexico’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through transfer of Japan’s excellent low carbon technology to the country, in advance of holding the first meeting of the joint committee established under the mechanism.

    [iii] Meeting with Undersecretary Hernández, Ministry of Energy (SENER)

    At the meeting with Undersecretary Hernández, both sides shared the recognition that the on-going electricity reform in Mexico helps expand the business opportunities in the country and that amid the reform, Japanese companies’ outstanding technologies for power generation and transformation, and their funding ability, as well as independent power producers’ (IPP) management ability, will contribute to promoting the reform and reducing electricity costs in Mexico.

    [iv] Meeting with Undersecretary Melgar, Ministry of Energy (SENER)

    At the meeting with Undersecretary Melgar, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Seki stated that the on-going energy reform in Mexico is a historical reform involving constitutional revision and that Mexico’s energy resources pose significant importance for Japan to diversify energy supply sources. Based on the ideas, both sides agreed with the recognition that Japan’s funds and Japanese companies’ knowledge and highly qualified technologies, e.g., plant technologies, will significantly contribute to advancement of this historical reform.

    3. Meeting with executives of Japanese descent (Japan-Mexico Association Members)

    Parliamentary Vice-Minister Seki had a meeting with executives of the Japan-Mexico Association, an association of people of Japanese descent in the region led by Mr. Makoto Toda, President of the Japan-Mexico Association, and showed respect to them for their successful commitment in activities with pride as Japanese descent. In addition, he mentioned his hope for people of Japanese descent and their community to contribute to working as a bridge between Japan and Mexico and to further the development of the good bilateral relationship. In response, President Toda welcomed Parliamentary Vice-Minister Seki’s visit to Mexico and expressed his intention to continue the effort for further enhancing the Japan-Mexico relationship.

    Release date

    February 23, 2015

    Division in charge

    Latin America and Caribbean Office, Trade Policy Bureau

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