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JETRO concludes MOUs with UBIFRANCE and AFII

June 2013

In hope of expanding bilateral trade and investment between Japan and France, JETRO entered into memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with the French Agency for International Business Development (UBIFRANCE) and the Invest in France Agency (AFII) to strengthen their partnership.

UBIFRANCE supports SMEs in France in export and globalization while AFII promotes foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country. By entering into these agreements, JETRO and the French organizations aim at two-way investment promotion and business expansion, especially by SMEs, between the two countries, as well as bilateral cooperation in third countries.

The MOUs were exchanged at the office of the Prime Minister, in the presence of French President François Hollande and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, between Mr. Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman and CEO of JETRO, and Mr. Christophe Lecourtier, Chief Executive Officer of UBIFRANCE, and Mr. David Appia, President of AFII, respectively.

The June 7 France-Japan Joint Statement, an achievement of the summit meeting, as well as the roadmap to move the items set forth in the statement into concrete actions over the next five years, refer to the MOUs between JETRO and the two French organizations.

The parties agreed to:

  1. Share information such as activities and success cases of the organizations
  2. Cooperate in convening seminars for promoting trade and attracting investment
  3. Make referral of specific projects (export and investment)
  4. Cooperate in public relations such as a mutually linking websites
  5. Share information concerning partnership between French and Japanese companies in third countries
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Japanese Prime Minister Abe and French President Hollande witnessing the MOU exchange ceremony

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JETRO Chairman Ishige (right) and UBIFRANCE CEO Lecourtier after signing their MOU

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JETRO Chairman Ishige (right) and AFII President Appia after signing their MOU