The Fourteenth Japan-Central America Forum for "Dialogue and Cooperation" and the Third Meeting of Japan-SICA Working Team for the Promotion of Cooperation and the Economic Exchange
July 8, 2011
- The Fourteenth Japan-Central America Forum for "Dialogue and Cooperation" meeting was held on Thursday, July 7 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Mr. Koro Bessho, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Masashi Mizukami, Director-General, Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and vice-ministers of the Central American countries participated in the forum to discuss various issues including the world economy, Asian regional issues, cooperation in international fora such as the United Nations Security Council Reform and Climate Change and the relationship between Japan and Central America. Japan expressed appreciation for assistance and sympathy from Central American countries on the occasion of the Great East Japan Earthquake and explained measures taken by Japan for reconstruction (the attached joint press communiqué was adopted [available only in Spanish]).
- The Third Meeting of Japan-SICA (Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana / Central American Integration System) Working Team for the Promotion of Cooperation and the Economic Exchange was held on this occasion. This Meeting had extensive discussion with a view to finalizing proposals to strengthen the economic relationship between Japan and Central America.
- The Japan-Central America Forum for "Dialogue and Cooperation" is a vice-ministerial meeting which has been held since 1995, alternately in Japan and in one of Central American countries (El Salvador, Belize, Costa-Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama).
- The Meeting of Japan-SICA Working Team for the Promotion of Cooperation and the Economic Exchange was established in Japan-Central America Foreign Ministers' Meeting in January 2010. The meeting consists of experts from Japan and Central America and makes proposals for strengthening the economic relationship between Japan and Central America to the governments of these states.
- (* This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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