[5th September 2013]

INAUGURAL VISIT TO KENYA BY THE JAPANESE MINISTER FOR ECONOMY, TRADE & INDUSTRY (METI); HONORABLE TOSHIMITSU MOTEGI

Hon. Toshimitsu Motegi, makes opening remarks at the Kenya-Japan Business Forum on 12th August, 2013 in Nairobi

The Japanese Minister for Economy, Trade & Industry of Japan (METI); Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi made his inaugural visit to Kenya from 10th -13th August, 2013. The visit was largely as a follow-up to the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD V) discussions on Japan- Africa resource development that was held in Yokohama last June.

Minister Motegi was accompanied by a delegation of 60 senior government officials and top business executives from Trading Companies, Manufacturers and Small & Medium Scale entrepreneurs. The Minister had fruitful bilateral meetings with Deputy President Hon. William Samoei Ruto and other key Cabinet Secretaries, on areas of mutual interest particularly infrastructure & energy development, and business investments between the two countries.

During his meeting with the honourable Deputy President, Minister Motegi underscored that the Japanese Government through Overseas Human Resource and Industry Development Association (HIDA) will establish a special train quota to train Kenyans on various fields including geothermal development.  The Deputy President assured the Hon Minister of Kenya's earnest efforts in making the country an attractive investment destination for  Japanese investors and others across the globe.

The minister and his delegation were also taken on a study tour to the Olkaria Geothermal plant in Naivasha, where Toyota Tsusho Corporation is currently engaged (Olkaria 4).

The visit was concluded by a one day Kenya –Japan Business forum that was co-jointly organized by the Government of Japan in liaison with Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Government of Kenya. The forum attracted more 200 participants including Kenya's leading businessmen, senior government officials and a large number of Japanese top business Executives and potential investors. The forum accorded the participants a plausible opportunity to discuss various ways of boosting investment and trade interactions between the two countries.

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