Meeting of the Joint Committee on Japanese-Brazil Cooperation in Science and Technology

May 11, 2009

  1. The second meeting of the Joint Committee will be held on Thursday, May 14 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  2. On the Japanese side, Mr. Seiji Kojima, Ambassador in Charge of Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will serve as chair, and representatives of the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Ministry of the Environment, and other relevant organizations will join the delegation.  On the Brazilian side, Mr. Hadil da Rocha Vianna, Director of the Department of Scientific and Technological Themes of the Ministry of External Relations will be acting as chair, and the delegation will include representatives of the Ministry of External Relations, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and other related institutions.
  3. The meeting will provide an opportunity for exchanging information about both countries' policies on science and technology, as well as for discussing the current status and future possibilities of the cooperation in this field between the two countries. Given the growing importance of cooperation with Brazil in addressing climate change and other environmental problems, food security, and energy issues, the meeting will also touch upon how scientific and technological cooperation should be developed to meet such global challenges.
  4. The Joint Committee meets based on the Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil on Co-operation in the Field of Scientific and Technology, which was concluded in 1985.  This second meeting has been planned to further step up bilateral cooperation in this field, in light of the increasing significance of cooperation between the two countries as well as the invigorated bilateral relations following last year's Japan-Brazil Year of Exchange / Centenary of the Japanese Immigration to Brazil.