Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 January 2010

Meeting Between H.E. Mr. Tetsuro Fukuyama, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Hon. Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane, Minister of Finance and National Planning of the Republic of Zambia

 

 


 

 

Meeting Between H.E. Mr. Tetsuro Fukuyama, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Hon. Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane, Minister of Finance and National Planning of the Republic of Zambia

 

 

TOKYO, Japan, January 26, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On January 20 (Thu), H.E. Mr. Tetsuro Fukuyama, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with and Hon. Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane, Minister of Finance and National Planning of the Republic of Zambia, for about half an hour from 10:10 a.m.. Minister Musokotwane is visiting Japan at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After welcoming Minister Musokotwane to Japan, Minister Fukuyama stated that Japanese corporations are greatly interested in Zambia, which possesses abundant mineral resources. He also said that he expected that the Public-Private Joint Study Tour in Zambia starting next week would lead to concrete results.
With regard to international climate change frameworks, Minister Fukuyama also requested that Zambia endorse the Copenhagen Agreement.

In response, Minister Musokotwane expressed his thanks for the invitation to Japan, and said that Zambia is proactively promoting the TICAD process.
Next, Minister Musokotwane stated that the promotion of investment by Japanese corporations in Zambia is beneficial to both countries, and that he wants to work to create an environment for this purpose. Minister Musokotwane was pleased to hear the visit of the study tour to Zambia next week as it shows Japan’s interest in investing in Zambia.
Regarding international climate change frameworks, Minister Musokotwane said that he would ask the minister in charge of this matter to deal with it when he arrives back in his own country.

(Reference)

(1) The Public-Private Joint Study Tour for Promoting Trade and Investment to Africa will be held from January 24 to February 2, 2010, in Zambia and Mozambique. The aim of this study tour is providing information to Japanese corporations for discovering concrete projects that benefits both the government and the private sector. Site visits and investment promotion seminars will be focused on the fields including mining, infrastructure, rural development and agriculture.

(2) Minister Musokotwane attended the workshop held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on January 19 in preparation for the above mentioned study tour and emphasized the appeal of investing in Zambia.

 

SOURCE 

Japan – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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