State Minister Muto Recieves a Courtesy Call by Dr. Catherine L. Mann, Chief Economist of OECD
February 29, 2016
On February 29, commencing at 4 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Yoji Muto, State Minister for Foreign Affairs received a courtesy call by Dr. Catherine L. Mann, Chief Economist and Head of the Economics Department, OECD, who is visiting Japan upon the invitation by the Japanese Government. The event took place as follows.
1. At the beginning, State Minister Muto welcomed Chief Economist Mann’s visit to Japan. He explained Japan’s efforts to expand economic interests through Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), and to secure stable energy supply as well as its regional revitalization initiative under Abenomics. Additionally, State Minister Muto, recognising the significance of OECD for Japan, expressed his desire to strengthen Japan’s cooperation with the OECD with a view to Japan’s G7 Presidency in this year’s G7 Ise-Shima Summit.
2. In response, Chief Economist Mann, expressing her gratitude for the invitation and pleasure to visit Japan, stated that policymakers in every country should implement fiscal and monetary policies, and structural reforms in an integrated manner just like Abenomics in order to bring stability to the global economy. Chief Economist Mann also touched upon Japan’s Vice-Chairmanship during this year’s OECD Ministerial Council Meeting and the OECD’s interest in making contributions in the runup to the G7 Ise-Shima Summit.