ASEAN-Japan Economic Forum commemorating 40 th anniversary year and ASEAN Fair 2013
On December 15, 2013, as an endorsed event celebrating 40 years of ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation, the ASEAN-Japan Economic Forum was held in Tokyo by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), in collaboration with JETRO. The event was attended by METI Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, the economic ministers of seven ASEAN member states and business persons from that region and Japan.
Under the theme of economic exchange between ASEAN and Japan, the forum, which consisted of presentations and panel sessions, attracted approximately 400 participants including business leaders and experts. In Panel Session 1 entitled "Toward Further Growth: Promoting Two-Way Trade and Investment between ASEAN and Japan," JETRO's Chairman and CEO Hiroyuki Ishige served as the moderator. The panelists emphasized the necessity for elimination of non-tariff barriers and deregulation in the fields of services and investment, such as simplification of customs clearance within ASEAN, improvement in institutional transparency, deregulation of food imports and liberalization of human resource movement. They also pointed out the need for establishment of a mutual recognition scheme between ASEAN and Japan and creation of a free competitive environment in the Japanese market to promote inward direct investment into Japan.
ASEAN Fair presents advanced technology and products of Japanese companies along with JETRO's activities for ASEAN
In conjunction with the forum, JETRO co-organized ASEAN Fair 2013 together with METI at a nearby location. A total of 40 Japanese companies interested in business with ASEAN countries exhibited their excellent technology and products alongside of displays for ASEAN-related projects supported by JETRO. From ASEAN, embassies of ten countries in Japan promoted their investment environments to ministers and key figures of both regions. Special guests from the economic forum, including the METI Minister, ASEAN ministers, Secretary-General of ASEAN and other speakers, intently toured the venue, which had a total of roughly 400 visitors, and enjoyed tasting samples of Japanese food.