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The 19th Vice-Minister-Level Regular Consultation Held between METI and BMWi

February 19, 2021

On February 18 (Thur.), 2021, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Germany, held the 19th Vice-Minister-Level Regular Consultation, aiming to enrich and develop Japan-Germany industrial cooperation.

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, 18 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 February 18, 2021, METI and BMWi held the 19th Vice-Minister-Level Regular Consultation via video conference, 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: impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, economic measures taken by the two countries, international situations including Japan-Germany cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and the WTO reforms, and bilateral cooperation in energy and climate-change fields, Industrie 4.0/IoT and automobiles.

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Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau