August 30, 2019
On August 29 (Thur.), 2019, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, attended the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7). He attended the plenary session of TICAD7 and the Japan Africa Business Forum & EXPO, a side event of the conference, and stated that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will enhance its efforts for supporting Japanese companies in developing business in Africa. Following this, he held meetings with leaders and ministers of participating African countries and exchanged views toward the enhancement of bilateral business ties.
1. Participating in TICAD7 Plenary Session 3 “Public-Private Business Dialogue”
Minister Seko attended TICAD7 Plenary Session 3, titled “Public-Private Business Dialogue,” and delivered a speech. In his speech, he described the current situations of Japan’s efforts for supporting Japanese companies in developing business in Africa through the Japan Business Council for Africa, explained METI’s ongoing efforts under the four pillars (see the Appendix), and stated that METI will further enhance such efforts.
2. Participating in Japan-Africa Business Forum & EXPO
Minister Seko participated in the Japan-Africa Business Forum & EXPO, an official side event of TICAD7, and delivered a speech at the beginning of an MOU ceremony. He explained an outline of representative case examples, which were specifically explained in the ceremony later, and stated that METI will provide a variety of measures so as to further increase the number of specific business projects between Japan and Africa.
3. Meetings with dignitaries of participating African countries
(1) Meeting with H.E. Mr. Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President, the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Toward Japan’s future investment in the field of mineral resources in DR Congo, Minister Seko mentioned the importance of further enriching Japanese companies’ understanding of investment environments in DRC and stated that Japan will further promote cooperation through JOGMEC and other organizations. In response, President Tshisekedi expressed his gratitude for JOGMEC’s past efforts for enhancing the Japan-DRC relationship. In addition, he explained the country’s specific efforts for improving investment environments and expressed his hopes for the role of Japanese companies in contributing to the development of the country’s industries and in the field of mineral resources.
(2) Meeting with H.E. Mr. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, President, the Arab Republic of Egypt
Minister Seko expressed his gratitude for Egypt’s measures for supporting Japanese companies in Egypt and requested the country to maintain such support for further vitalization of business. President El-Sisi expressed his expectations for Japanese companies’ further investment in Egypt.
(3) Meeting with Hon. Mr. Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade and Industry, the Republic of South Africa
Minister Seko welcomed the enrichment of Japan-South Africa economic ties, which was triggered by the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum, and stated that Japan will advance cooperation in further improving business environments in South Africa. Following this, he exchanged views with Minister Patel concerning a variety of issues toward the enhancement of Japan-South Africa economic ties, e.g., consolidation of the manufacturing industry. Taking this opportunity, Minister Seko also exchanged views for a short time with H.E. Mr. Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President, South Africa. President Ramaphosa expressed his expectations for promotion of Japan-South Africa cooperation taking advantage of Japan’s clean technology for coal-fired power generation as well as other technologies.
(4) Meeting with H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President, the Republic of Ghana
Prior to the meeting with President Akufo-Addo, Minister Seko witnessed the signing ceremony for an MOU concerning the establishment of JETRO Ghana Office. At the meeting with the president, Minister Seko stated that Japan will further advance its efforts for enhancing Japan-Ghana economic ties, while President Akufo-Addo expressed his gratitude for the establishment of JETRO Ghana Office.
Links to Related Information
- MOFA site for TICAD 7
- News Release: NEXI Signs MOU with the IsDB, the ICIEC, and the ATI (August 27, 2019)
Division in Charge
Africa Office, Trade Policy Bureau