Prime Minister Abe’s Visit to the Argentine Republic
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Argentine Republic on November 21st (Monday) and participated in events that took place in Buenos Aires. The overview is as follows.
- Interactions with Japanese Descendants
- Floral Tribute
- Japan-Argentina Summit Meeting
- Signing Ceremony and Japan-Argentina Joint Press Occasion
- Luncheon hosted by President Macri
- Japan-Argentina Economic Forum
2. Interactions with Japanese Descendants
Prime Minister Abe interacted with approximately 1,000 Japanese descendants living in Argentina and approximately 20 representatives of Japanese descendants in nine other Latin American and Caribbean countries at the Okinawa Center in Buenos Aires. Prime Minister Abe expressed his gratitude to Japanese descendants who have earned trust in the Argentine society, and lauded those representatives of Japanese descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean for working hard to foster cooperation among young generations across borders.
3. Japan-Argentina Summit Meeting
Prime Minister Abe had a summit meeting with President Macri at the Office of the President from 12:30 p.m. on 21st local time (0:30 a.m. on 22nd Japan time) for approximately 50 minutes.
(1) At the beginning, President Macri welcomed Prime Minister Abe’s visit and expressed his expectation towards Japanese companies as he wishes to establish new bilateral relations, centering on trade and investment. The President also mentioned that he wants to develop bilateral relations in the field of tourism, sports, and science and technology.
(2) Prime Minister Abe expressed his appreciation for the invitation of the official visit and stated that he was delighted for being able to visit Argentina as an incumbent Prime Minister of Japan for the first time in 57 years.
Japan and Argentina have enjoyed friendly relations for more than a century, owing partly to the presence of the Japanese descendant community. The two countries are important partners that share fundamental values such as liberty, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. In order to further advance the bilateral relations, the two leaders shared the view on the following points:
- Establish a strategic partnership;
- Work towards an early conclusion of the negotiation on the bilateral investment treaty and continue making steady progress in the efforts to develop investment and trade and to improve the business environment; and
- Advance the dialogue between Japan and MERCOSUR, when Argentina holds the Pro Tempore Presidency of MERCOSUR in the first half of next year.
(3) Prime Minister Abe welcomed the fact that President Macri has been promoting open and free economic policies and has been leading the change in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Prime Minister also noted that Japanese companies’ understanding on and interest towards business opportunities in Argentina, starting with the field of infrastructure development, have been boosted, as demonstrated by the establishment of consultation frameworks with the participation of the business circles since the Summit Meeting in April. To further promote private investment from Japan to Argentina, he announced that he will further advance efforts to support Japanese companies’ activities in Argentina by actively utilizing the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and the Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) and by supporting the industrial human resources development, among others.
(4) The two leaders exchanged opinions on a wide range of challenges of the international community.
Prime Minister Abe elaborated on the recent situation in East Asia and stated that the preservation of the freedom of navigation and adherence to the rule of law are essential in order to ensure peace and security of the region and the international community.
Prime Minister Abe referred to the issues regarding North Korea, including the abductions issue, and expressed his concern over the nuclear and missile development. President Macri shared such concern.
4. Signing Ceremony and Japan-Argentina Joint Press Occasion
5. Luncheon hosted by President Macri
Prime Minister Abe participated in the luncheon hosted by President Macri at the Presidential Office. President Macri welcomed Prime Minister Abe’s official visit at this timing when the bilateral relations have reached a new stage. Prime Minister Abe lauded the contribution made by the Japanese descendant community in Argentina and welcomed that the bilateral relations are embarking on a new stage for further deepening, as mutual exchanges at Summit and Ministerial levels expand thanks to President Macri’s strong leadership. Prime Minister Abe also received the “Orden del Libertador San Martin Grado Gran Cruz.”