Participation in 5th Eastern Economic Forum
- Introduction of JETRO's activities at Russia-Japan Business Roundtable -

September 2019

From September 4 to 6, JETRO Chairman and CEO Nobuhiko Sasaki took part in the 5th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held in Vladivostok, Russia.

He introduced JETRO’s activities at the Russia-Japan Business Roundtable, a breakout session to discuss cooperation between Russia and Japan, and signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) with CEO Andrey Slepnev of the Russian Export Center JSC (REC) .

Introduction of individual support for SMEs and activities for facilitating regional exchange

At the breakout session, Chairman Sasaki talked about JETRO's following activities for Russia:

  1. Providing individual support for SMEs
  2. Helping promote regional exchange

In addition, presentations on recent business activities in Russia were delivered by Japanese Economic Minister Hiroshige Seko, Russian Economic Development Minister Maksim Oreshkin and representatives from Russian and Japanese business circles.

Conclusion of MOC with REC

JETRO took the opportunity of the forum to conclude an MOC with the REC, which is assisting Russian companies in expanding business overseas. The two organizations worked together last December to convene a business seminar in Moscow for Japanese-affiliated companies in Russia to learn practical operations in exporting. Going forward, they will continue sharing experiences and knowledge and work together in activities such as seminars.

JETRO Chairman Sasaki at a roundtable session

MOC signing ceremony (Courtesy of REC)

Outline of 5th EEF

Date September 4 to 6, 2019
Venue Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), Vladivostok, Russia
Participant countries 65
Participants Over 8,500 people

Outline of Japan-Russia Business Roundtable

Theme “New Development of the Far East Region Brought about by Marine and Inland Main Arteries”
Date and time September 5, 2019, 9:00-10:30
Venue Conference Hall 3 on Level 5 in Building B, FEFU, Vladivostok, Russia
Teruo Asada - Chair, Japan-Russia Business Cooperation Committee, Japan Business Federation (Keidanren)
Alexey Repik - President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia); Chairman of the Board, Group R-Pharm
Presenters (in presentation order):
Maxim Oreshkin - Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Hiroshige Seko - Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, Minister for Economic Cooperation with Russia
Dr. Vladimir Yakushev - Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation
Satsuki Katayama - Minister of State for Regional Revitalization; Minister of State for Regulatory Reform; Minister of State for Gender Equality; Minister in charge of Women's Empowerment
Takeshi Uchiyamada - Chairman of the Board of Directors, Toyota Motor Corporation
Oleg Belozerov - Chief Executive Officer – Chairman of the Executive Board, Russian Railways
Teruo Asada - Chair, Japan-Russia Business Cooperation Committee, Japan Business Federation (Keidanren)
Roman Trotsenko - Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors, AEON Corporation
Masami Iijima - Representative Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mitsui & Co
Nikolay Tsekhomskiy - First Deputy Chairman – Member of the Management Board, State Development Corporation "VEB.RF"
Yoshiharu Ueki - Chairman of the Board of Directors, Japan Airlines
Stanislav Voskresensky - Governor of Ivanovo Region
Nobuhiko Sasaki - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, JETRO
Mikhail Sutyaginskiy - Chairman of the Board of Directors, Titan Group of Companies
Koji Omi - Founder, Chairman, Science and Technology in Society Forum (STS forum)
Vladimir Primak - Director, Russian Direct Investment Fund
Shinji Hirai - Governor of Tottori Prefecture
Petr Shelakhaev - Deputy General Director, Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund
Aleksey Khachay - General Director, Japanese Project Promotion Vehicle in the Far East