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METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa Visits Italy

October 19, 2018

From October 17 (Wed.) to 19 (Fri.), 2018, Mr. Akimasa Ishikawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Naples, Italy. He attended the 30th General Assembly of the Italy-Japan Business Group (IJBG), held a meeting with Prof. Michele Geraci, Under Secretary of State at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, Italy, and visited a plant operated by Hitachi Rail Italy.

1. 30th IJBG General Assembly (October 18)

The IJBG is an association aiming at exchange of industrial players between Japan and Italy to achieve the promotion of (1) trade, (2) investment and (3) cooperation in market cultivation in third countries. It brings together representatives from Japanese and Italian economic communities and provides an opportunity to hold discussions on enhancement of bilateral economic ties and other issues.

At the 30th IJBG General Assembly, following the opening declaration and welcoming remarks, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa delivered a speech as a guest of honor. A panel discussion was also held on the following subjects: investment and banks; solutions toward a smart future: new technologies and innovations in the fields of infrastructures, industries and services; and transportation and mobility. Following this, special lectures on the Japan-EU EPA and other events were held.

2. Meeting with Under Secretary of State Geraci, Italy (October 18)

Both sides exchanged views on: cooperation in promoting trade and investment between Japan and Italy, in particular, promoting trade in both goods and services with an eye on the enforcement of the Japan-EU EPA; support measures for startups; potential of further collaboration in the field of infrastructure; and other issues.

3. Visiting a plant of Hitachi Rail Italy (October 18)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa visited a plant operated by Hitachi Rail Italy located in the city center of Naples and toured the site to see firsthand the process for manufacturing railroad car trucks and motors as well as parts for urban traffic vehicles.

Division in Charge

Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau

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