Mr. Katsutoshi KANEDA, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, to Visit the Czech Republic and the Republic of Hungary and to Attend the Second Meeting of the "Forum for the Future" to be held in the Kingdom of Bahrain, together with the First Meeting of the "Task Force on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)"

November 8, 2005

  1. From November 7 (Mon) to 13 (Sun), Mr. Katsutoshi Kaneda, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, will visit the Czech Republic, the Republic of Hungary and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  2. In the Czech Republic and the Republic of Hungary, Mr. Kaneda will meet with H.E. JUDr. Cyril SVOBODA, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and H.E. Mr. Ferenc SOMOGYI, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary to exchange views on issues concerning bilateral relations and international affairs.
  3. In Bahrain, Mr. Kaneda will attend the second meeting of the "Forum for the Future" where he will present Japan's on-going efforts in advancing vocational training area for the stability of Middle Eastern and North African (BMENA) countries and, in particular, the outcome of the "Workshop on Technical and Vocational Education and Training" which Japan co-hosted with Jordan on September 28 and 29. Taking this opportunity where foreign ministers from the G8 and the BMENA countries gather together, Mr. Kaneda will have bilateral meetings with his counterparts.
  4. In the course of the Forum, Mr. Shiro Sadoshima, Deputy Director-General of the Economic Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, will co-chair the first meeting of the "Task Force on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)" with Dr. Tayseer Al-Nahar Al-Noaimi, Secretary General, Ministry of Education of Jordan, on November 11. At the first meeting on the TVET, participants will discuss more specific tasks to build vocational training mechanisms based on public-private partnerships. The results of the Task Force meeting will be presented at the second meeting of the "Forum for the Future". Mr. Sadoshima will also attend the Senior Officials' Meeting of the "Forum for the Future" to be held on the same day as the second meeting.
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