“First International Economic Forum on Asia; Enhancing regional integration and development through quality infrastructure and resilience”
1. On April 14, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the OECD Development Centre and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), will co-organize the “First International Economic Forum on Asia; Enhancing regional integration and development through quality infrastructure and resilience.”
2. Founded in 1962 upon the suggestion by then US President John F. Kennedy, the OECD Development Centre, composed of OECD members, as well as emerging and developing countries, plays an important role as a key platform to share knowledge on development issues and to facilitate policy dialogues based on actual development practices. In June 2016, Japan made the decision to return to the Development Centre for the first time in sixteen years and co-organized, together with the OECD Development Centre, the international seminar on "Global Development Trends and Challenges Emerging in Asia: Making the most of the OECD Development Centre" in December 2016.
3. The First International Economic Forum on Asia will be attended by Mr. Nobuo Kishi, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of OECD, and Mr. Hidetoshi Nishimura, President of ERIA, as the representatives of co-organizers. Mr. Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary-General of Liberal Democratic Party of Japan will also attend the seminar and give a speech. In this forum, we have invited ministerial-level guests from Asian countries, and discussion will be held on issues Asia is facing, such as quality infrastructure investment, circular economy, and sustainable cities.