Japan-Ecuador Relations

Japan-Ecuador Summit Meeting

September 5, 2018
Japanese

On September 5, commencing at around 6 p.m. for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit meeting with H.E. Mr. Lenín Boltaire Moreno Garcés, President of the Republic of Ecuador, who was making an official working visit to Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows. The meeting was attended by Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, and Mr. Kotaro Nogami, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, among other government officials.
After the summit meeting, a signing ceremony and exchange of notes ceremony were held in the presence of the two leaders. Following that the two leaders held a joint press announcement, and a Japan-Ecuador Joint Statement (English (PDF)Open a New Window / Japanese (PDF)Open a New Window) was issued. Subsequently, a banquet hosted by Prime Minister Abe and his wife took place in a relaxed atmosphere, and the conversation touched on a broad range of topics relating to the bilateral relationship.

1. Japan-Ecuador Summit Meeting

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    Photograph of the Japan-Ecuador Summit Meeting
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
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    Photograph of the Japan-Ecuador Summit Meeting
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

(1) Opening remarks

(i) Prime Minister Abe expressed his happiness at being able to welcome President Moreno to Japan this year, which is the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Japan-Ecuador diplomatic relations, and expressed his respect for the political and economic reforms that President Moreno is actively pursuing. In addition, Prime Minister Abe explained that, at the occasion of this President’s visit to Japan, he hopes to develop the relationship between the two countries in a large number of areas, including political and economic relations and people-to-people exchanges, toward the next century.

(ii) In response, President Moreno expressed the view that the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations is a beginning for both countries, explained that he is happy to visit Japan, which is a model for many countries, and expressed gratitude for the welcome he received.

(2) Bilateral relations

(i) Prime Minister Abe noted that high-level exchanges are continuing this year, beginning with Cabinet ministers and Diet members, and expressed his intention to further advance cooperation. In addition, with regard to the development cooperation field, Prime Minister Abe welcomed that they were able to sign the exchange of notes on the provision of 70 million USD of loans for electricity distribution, the first such financing in approximately 20 years, along with explaining that Japan will continue to cooperate in the fields of disaster-prevention and human resources training that are needed by the Ecuadorian side.

(ii) Moreover, with regard to the two countries’ economic relationship, the two leaders welcomed that they agreed in principle on the tax convention aimed at promoting investment and economic exchanges, and amid the striking advances being made in the cooperative relationship in the fields of terrestrial digital broadcasting and information and communications technology (ICT), including disaster-prevention and broadcasting access for people with visual and hearing disabilities, they also welcomed the signing of a memorandum for further strengthening the relationship.

(iii) In the field of people-to-people exchanges between citizens, Prime Minister Abe noted that multilayered exchanges were proceeding between regions and in areas such as culture and sports, and conveyed Japan’s decision to relax multiple-entry visas for Ecuadorian nationals in order to further invigorate people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

(iv) President Moreno began by expressing his condolences over the damages caused by recent typhoon (Typhoon No. 21), and then mentioned bilateral exchanges such as Dr. Hideyo Noguchi’s research in Ecuador, and noted that Ecuador and Japan share views on a large number of challenges such as disarmament, the environment and human rights. President Moreno also expressed gratitude for the cooperation extended by Japan thus far, and expressed expectation over ongoing cooperation from Japan in the field of the economy.

(3) Cooperation in the international arena and regional affairs

Prime Minister Abe conveyed his congratulations on the appointment of H.E. Mrs. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador, as President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for the 73rd session, and the two leaders shared the view that they will deepen the cooperative relationship in the UN. They also exchanged views on regional affairs, including North Korea. With regard to North Korea, they confirmed the need for the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement (CVID) of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges by North Korea. In addition, they shared the view that they will continue to coordinate toward the full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions. Prime Minister Abe sought understanding and cooperation on the early resolution of the abductions issue, and obtained the support of President Moreno.

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    Photograph of the joint press announcement
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
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    Photograph of the joint press announcement
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

2. Signing ceremony and exchange of notes ceremony

After the summit meeting, the following related signing ceremony and exchange of notes ceremony were held in the presence of the two leaders.

(1) Signing of a memorandum of cooperation in the terrestrial digital broadcasting and information and communications technology (ICT) fields (Japanese side: Ms. Seiko Noda, Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications; Ecuadorian side: H.E. Mr. José Samuel Valencia Amores, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility).

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    Photograph of the leaders attending the signing
    and exchange of documents ceremony
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

(2) Exchange of notes on the “Project for Supporting the Advancement of Energy Matrix Transition” loan aid (Japanese side: Mr. Hitoshi Noda, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ecuador; Ecuadorian side: H.E. Mr. Jaime Barberis, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ecuador to Japan).

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    Photograph of the leaders attending the signing
    and exchange of documents ceremony
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
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    Photograph of the Prime Minister delivering
    an address at the dinner banquet
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
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    Photograph of the Prime Minister delivering
    an address at the dinner banquet
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
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    Photograph of the Prime Minister delivering
    an address at the dinner banquet
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)