Today, Japanese economic and business leaders from Japan and across the Middle East will meet at the Japan Cooperation Forum for the Middle East in Dubai.  This two-day event, organised by the Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East (JCCME) and held at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City, aims to develop and enhance relations between Japan and the MENA region.


The outcomes from the conference will be used by the Japanese Prime Minister and his Government to help develop Japan’s policy planning and approaches for economic cooperation with countries in the GCC and across the MENA region.


Key figures taking part in the event included H. H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates; Hiroyuki Ishige, Japanese Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy Trade & Industry (METI); H.E. Hiroyasu Kobayashi, Japanese Consul General, Consulate General of Japan; and H.E. Sultan bin Nasser Al-Suwaidi, Governor, Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates.  Briefings by three Japanese businesses working in the MENA region – Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of the UAE; JGC of Algeria; and Marubeni Corporation of Iran – also formed a key part of the programme.


The Middle East is a key market for Japan, with recent reports citing a 27.5 percent jump in exports from 2007.  Making up a large proportion of Japanese exports to the Middle East are Japanese cars and electronics.    CONTINUE READING AT….


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