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The Czech Republic-Japan Business Investment Forum and Exchange of Action Plan 2017 in the presence of Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

June 2017

Passionate call from Prime Minister Sobotka toward collaboration between Czech and Japan in the high value added industry

On June 28, JETRO jointly held "the Czech Republic-Japan Business Investment Forum 2017" with CzechInvest, the Czech Chamber of Commerce and Investment and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tokyo on the occasion of a visit to Japan by Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Minister of Industry and Trade Jiří Havlíček. JETRO Chairman and CEO Hiroyuki Ishige welcomed the mission led by Prime Minister Sobotka in his opening remarks, and mentioned the forms of collaboration between the Czech Republic and Japan which has been seen in some events such as a seminar jointly held with CzechInvest at CeBIT as well as the proactive promotion of the Internet of Things (IoT) by the Czech government. Following that, Prime Minister Sobotka stated in his keynote speech that he expects collaboration with Japan in value-added industries including IoT, and also touched on the importance of the economic partnership agreement between the EU and Japan.
Among some presenters, Director General Murakami of JETRO Prague made a presentation on the Czech business environment and the trends of Japanese companies in the Czech Republic. Through their presentations and a panel discussion in which CzechInvest CEO Karel Kučera took part, the audience received a clear message on the attractiveness of investment in the Czech Republic.
After the seminar, a network reception and B-to-B meeting were held for the mission of the Czech Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and lively discussions were engaged in by business people from both countries.


Opening remarks by Chairman and CEO Ishige


Keynote speech by Prime Minister Sobotka

B-to-B meeting

Affirmation of cooperative relations between CzechInvest and JETRO

The day before the seminar on June 27, an action plan for the year 2017, which was based on a memorandum of understanding between JETRO and CzechInvest, was exchanged between the two organizations in the presence of Prime Ministers Sobotoka and Abe in the Cabinet Office in Tokyo. Both sides affirmed that they will work together to enhance activities in cutting-edge fields such as IoT in addition to conventional trade and investment.

Exchange of MOU action plan at Cabinet Office

Business meetings in Kyoto and Hiroshima

From June 29 to 30, a network meeting and a round-table meeting were respectively held by the mission led by Minister Havlíček, the former in Kyoto and the latter in Hiroshima. The representatives from the Czech government and companies engaged in active interaction with business people from both cities.


Network meeting in Kyoto


Round-table meeting in Hiroshima

Outline of the seminar in Tokyo

Theme The Czech Republic-Japan Business Investment Forum 2017
Date and time Wednesday, June 28, 2017, from 9:00 to 13:30
Venue JETRO Tokyo Headquarters, Exhibition Hall, 5th floor
Organizer CzechInvest and Czech Chambers of Commerce and Industry, JETRO, and Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tokyo
Supporter Japan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Tokyo Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Attendees 117 people
Contents
9:00
Opening speech
Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman and CEO, JETRO
Welcoming speech
Toru Ishiga, President, Japan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Tokyo Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Bořivoj Minář, Vice President, Czech Chamber of Commerce
9:15
Keynote speech "Czech-Japanese Economic Relations and its Pospects"
Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
9:30
"Presence of Japanese Manufacturing Companies in the Czech Republic and Opportunities for Development"
Seiji Nkagoshi, Adviser to CEO, CzechInvest
"Politics, Economics, and Business Trends in the Czech Republic"
Tadashi Murakami, General Director Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Prague
"Business Cooperation among Czech and Japanese Companies"
Mr. Miroslav Veselka, Project Manager, Czech Chamber of Commerce
10:45
Panel discussion “Future Prospects of Czech Business Environment”
Moderator:
Seiji Nakagoshi, Adviser to CEO, CzechInvest
Speakers:
Jiří Havlíček, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
Bořivoj Minář, Vice President, Czech Chamber of Commerce
Karel Kučera, CEO CzechInvest
Takura Kawai, Partner/Advocate Dentons (Legal Advisor, Japanese Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic)
12:00
Networking reception and B-to-B meetings