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The 18th Vice-Minister-Level Regular Consultation Held between METI and BMWi

November 7, 2019

On November 6, 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Germany, held the 18th Vice-Minister-Level Regular Consultation in Berlin, aiming to enrich and develop Japan-Germany industrial cooperation. Following the consultation, the two sides concluded a Joint Statement on Economic Policy and Cooperation in order to affirm their future efforts for strengthening advancement and cooperation involving the Japan-Germany economic relationship.

1. Overview of the series of Vice-Minister-Level Regular Consultations

The series of Vice-Minister-Level Regular Consultations between METI and BMWi are opportunities for the two sides to hold regular discussions, which were inaugurated under the agreement concluded in September 1987 between then-MITI Minister Tamura and then-Economics Minister Bangemann, former West Germany. Since 1998, 17 consultations have been held in Japan and Germany, alternately, and the two sides have been exchanging frank views on macroeconomy, industrial structures, investment promotion and other issues from a wide variety of viewpoints.

Against this backdrop, on November 6, 2019, METI and BMWi held the 18th Vice-Minister-Level Regular Consultation in Berlin, bringing together Mr. Tanaka Shigehiro, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, METI, Dr. Ulrich Nussbaum, State Secretary, BMWi, and other officials.

At the consultation, the two sides exchanged views on: current situations of the global economy and those of the Japanese and German economies, the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU and other international circumstances, cooperation in the Industrie 4.0 / Connected Industries policies, the fields of automobiles, space and energy and other areas.

2. Conclusion of the Joint Statement on Economic Policy and Cooperation

Following the consultation, Vice-Minister Tanaka and State Secretary Nussbaum concluded a Joint Statement on Economic Policy and Cooperation. This statement aims to affirm their future efforts for strengthening advancement and cooperation involving the Japan-Germany economic relationship, which is under the two Japan-Germany agreements: the Hannover Declaration, which was concluded in March 2017 between then-METI Minister Seko, then-MIC Minister Takaichi and then-BMWi Minister Zypries; and the Japan-Germany Joint Declaration of Intent on Economic Policy and Economic Cooperation, which was concluded in October 2018 between then-METI Minister Seko, then-MIC Minister Ishida and the current BMWi Minister Altmaier.

The following is an outline of the joint statement:

(1) Multilateral trade policy

(2) Industrial policy

(3) Energy policy

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