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The 3 rd Japan-Arab Economic Forum and Arab Business Fair 2013

December 2013

On December 16 and 17, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the League of Arab States (LAS) held the 3rd Japan-Arab Economic Forum in Tokyo aiming to strengthen the economic ties between Japan and Arab countries. The discussions covered cooperation in a broad range of fields such as trade, investment, energy, scientific technology and human resource development. The participants were divided into workshops by country on December 17.

This forum marked a record turnout of approximately 1,500 attendees including business leaders and experts. JETRO's Chairman and CEO Hiroyuki Ishige made a presentation at Session 3, "Building Multi-tiered Economic Ties," giving information about various activities JETRO will implement toward building these ties with Arab countries, a target Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed.

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Presentation by JETRO's Chairman Ishige

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Photo session after the opening ceremony of the forum

Advanced technology and products presented at Arab Business Fair 2013

At a neighboring space of the forum, JETRO organized Arab Business Fair 2013 in which approximately 40 Japanese companies interested in business with these countries presented their advanced technology and products. The fair also included a tasting of Japanese food and display of products for women and traditional crafts focused on the Arabic consumer markets. From the Arab league, embassies of 18 countries in Japan promoted their investment environments to ministers and key figures of both Japan and Arab states.

The fair attracted approximately 1,100 visitors including METI State Minister Midori Matsushima and MOFA Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takao Makino from Japan, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani and other ministers of economy from Arab countries as well as speakers from the forum such as LAS Deputy Secretary General Ahmed Benhelli. These key figures listened to the demonstration of products and technology by Japanese companies and tried Japanese fruit offered at the venue.

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Visitor listening to demonstration at UAE booth

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Exhibitor listening to presentation at the infrastructure zone