Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Tsuji Attends the Business Side Event of TICAD Ministerial Meeting, “Showcasing the Potential of Japanese SMEs to Africa”

October 6, 2018

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    1. On October 6, Mr. Kiyoto Tsuji, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, attended "Showcasing the Potential of Japanese SMEs to Africa," Part 2 of the Business Side Event of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Meeting.
    2. The purpose of the side event was that two major Japanese companies with large-scale investment in Africa and 11 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with advanced technologies or products, which are doing or planning business operations in Africa, were to showcase their respective initiatives to the high level African participants in the TICAD Ministerial Meeting.  
    3. In his remarks, Mr. Tsuji stated that he was convinced high technological capacities and unique ideas offered by Japanese SMEs, which account for the great majority of Japanese companies, could significantly contribute to resolve current challenges in Africa and promote socio-economic development in the future. He requested participating African ministers and government delegations to improve business environments so that Japanese companies can contribute to Africa's economic growth.
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    [Reference] This side event was co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and took place at the Tokyo Prince Hotel from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 6. More than 150 participants attended, mainly representing ministers and government officials of African countries.