[11th April 2013]

Hon. Kiyoshi Ueda; Governor, Saitama Prefecture Hosts a Luncheon for H.E. Ambassador, Benson H.O. Ogutu

H.E. Amb. Benson H.O. Ogutu with Hon. Kiyoshi Ueda, Governor Saitama Prefecture

On 10th April, 2013 Hon. Kiyoshi Ueda; Governor, Saitama Prefecture hosted a luncheon for His Excellency, Ambassador Benson H.O. Ogutu, at his Residence in Saitama City. The Ambassador was accompanied by; Ms. Nelly Wanjala-First Secretary, Ms. Michiko Takahashi - Travel Assistant, and Mr. Samuel Kiriru Ng'ang'a- President Loxera Advisory Services. Mr. Ng'ang'a is one of the Japanese educated Kenyan Nationals dealing in consultancy in the area financial services in addition to supporting joint partnership ventures between Japanese and Kenyan business entrepreneurs.

During the luncheon, the Ambassador and the Governor had a fruitful discussion on matters of mutual interest and possible areas of collaboration between Kenya and Saitama Prefecture. Some of the ventures identified include partnering in the area of water and sewage management. H.E. the Ambassador, called on the Governor to encourage the Japanese in the region to explore the immense Joint Venture investment opportunities in Kenya. Particular areas of interest are: the Vision 2030 flagship projects such as; infrastructure development, energy, value addition in areas of agro-processing & manufacturing, and tourism.

In preparation for the envisaged partnerships, the two offices agreed among other things to; explore the possibility of having exchange study visits between Kenya and Saitama, and organizing fora, where the Embassy can meet with prospective Business entrepreneurs from Saitama, to exchange views on opportunities existing in joint ventures with their Kenyan counterparts. .
In Conclusion, the two Principals agreed to consolidate close working relations as they endevour to identify relevant players from both sides, to expedite to fruition the ventures discussed.

The Ambassador and the Governor Exchange Gifts

Left -Right: Mr. Toru Yamanaka -Executive Director Saitama Government; Mr. Samuel Kiriru- President Loxera Advisory Services; Governor Kiyoshi Ueda; Amb. Benson H. O.Ogutu; Ms. Nelly Wanjala; Mr. Yoshino Junichi-Executive Director-Saitama Government.

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