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ATPF Working-Level Meeting in Wakayama

July 2018

From July 4 to 5, 2018, JETRO held the 27th Asia Trade Promotion Forum (ATPF) Working-Level Meeting in Wakayama. It was joined by 27 people from 22 countries and regions. Prior to the meeting, on July 3, the 11th ATPF Capacity Building Program was implemented in the same city. A special workshop on cultivation of human resources was held by welcoming a professional speaker from the International Trade Center (ITC), allowing participants from trade promotion organizations (TPOs) to deepen their understanding of the topic.

Reporting on activities conducted by each TPO

During the meeting, each TPO shared its own "good practices," with current trends such as "digital economy" and "e-commerce" frequently coming up as topics. Participants reported on and discussed current conditions in each economy and efforts made in response to those conditions, including the Directorate General of National Export Development (DGNED) on the momentum of digitization in Indonesia and its future growth forecast and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) on the rapid expansion of e-commerce in China.

Plenary session

Group discussions on upcoming CEO meeting

In order to make the upcoming 31st ATPF CEO Meeting in Laos this November fruitful, members were divided into groups for discussions under the following three themes: "e-commerce," "innovation and start-ups" and "promotion of export of agricultural, fishery, forestry and food products." Members in each group deliberated on what kind of topics should be provided for workshops to be held in the CEO meeting. The group discussions also became an opportunity for each TPO to reaffirm the importance of mutual cooperation.

Scene of venue 1

Group discussion

Scene of venue 2

Exchanging information with local companies

Since 2011, JETRO has held the ATPF Working-Level Meeting in key areas outside of major cities in order to make the allures of the Japanese local region known to other Asian countries through the forum members. This Meeting was held in Wakayama, where JETRO’s 45th domestic office was set up in October 2017. The networking session, which was held after the meeting, was joined by Wakayama Governor Yoshinobu Nisaka, Prefectural Assembly Chairman Masaki Fujiyama, Wakayama Chamber of Commerce and Industry Association Chairman Hiroomi Katayama and numerous business people and staff members of the local government. It proved to be a wonderful opportunity for exchange between members of the TPOs and the guests.

In addition, for the first time, the networking session was preceded by the meeting between TPOs and local companies. The opportunity to talk directly to each other allowed for an even more active networking session.

Meeting with local companies

Greeting by Governor Nisaka

Governor Nisaka in networking session

Industrial tour to experience attractiveness of Wakayama

The day after the meeting, participants went on an industrial tour to see local companies in Wakayama. At Shima Seiki, they observed the manufacturing site of the company's knit machine, which boasts the world's top market share, where they were able to see the machines in action and hear an explanation on the design system utilizing the latest technology. At the next destination, Nakano BC, tour members learned about the production site of plum wine using Kishu plums as well as the brewing process of Japanese sake. At the last destination, the Kuroshio Market, processed goods made from fresh marine products and fruit, like plums and mandarin oranges, of Wakayama were displayed, piquing the interest of tour members. Among the TPOs came the following praise: "It was fascinating being able to see a wide variety of Wakayama’s industries firsthand."

Shima Seiki

Nakano BC

Outline of the 27th ATPF Working-Level Meeting

Date July 4 and 5, 2018
(Capacity Building Program was held on July 3.)
Venue Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture
Organizer and Secretariat Japan External Trade Organization (Asian Cooperation Team, Industry and Business Development Support Division)
Participant TPOs Australian Trade Commission (AUSTRADE)
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)
Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM)
Directorate General of National Export Development (DGNED), Indonesia
Department of International Trade Promotion of Thailand (DITP), Thailand
Department of Trade Promotion (DTP), Laos
Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Bangladesh
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI)
General Department of Trade Promotion (GDTP), Cambodia
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM)
India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO)
Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO)
Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency Promotion Corporation (KOTRA)
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)
Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei Darussalam (MOFAT)
Myanmar Trade Promotion Organization (MYANTRADE)
Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB)
Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC)
Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (VIETRADE)