Japan-Arab economic forum opens


Japan and about 20 Arab League member states, including Saudi Arabia and Iraq, held a ministerial meeting Monday in Tokyo to discuss measures to improve cooperation in such fields as trade, investment and energy.

At the morning opening ceremony for the third Japan-Arab Economic Forum, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi said Japan can be a reliable partner for the Arab nations through promoting exchange programs in nuclear power, renewable energy, medical care and other areas directly linked to people’s lives.

At the end of their plenary meeting in the afternoon, the participating ministries were to adopt a joint statement on further strengthening Japanese-Arab economic ties.

The statement was expected to call for collaboration not only in natural gas and oil development but in the fields related to infrastructure, food and medical care, informed sources said.

The last day of the two-day economic forum will be devoted to country-by-country workshops.