Joint Statement
for the First Joint Committee between
the Government of Japan and the Government of the State of Kuwait

(Tokyo, 2 June 2010)

  1. In order to promote mutual relationship between Japan and the State of Kuwait, the two sides signed the Memorandum on Establishing a Joint Committee between the Government of Japan and the Government of the State of Kuwait on the occasion of the visit of H.H. Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammed Al Ahmed Al Sabah, Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait to Japan in 2008. The first Joint Committee was held on June 2, 2010, in which H.E. Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and H.E. Mr. Chiaki Takahashi, Parliamentary Secretary for Economy, Trade and Industry, chaired the Japanese side, while H.E. Dr. Mohammed Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait, chaired the Kuwaiti side.
  2. This Joint Committee was held when H.E. Dr. Mohammed paid an official visit to Japan from June 2 to 3, 2010 upon the kind invitation of H.E. Mr. Okada. The two sides expressed their deep satisfaction with the development in the friendly relationship between Japan and Kuwait and confirmed their determination to promote their prosperous relations. They also noted the importance of the visit of H.E. Dr. Mohammed to Japan as an important opportunity not only for strengthening the bilateral relations but also for developing the relations between Japan and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as a whole.
  3. The two sides recognized the importance to enhance the bilateral relations and to promote mutual understanding through various commemorative events in 2011, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
  4. The two sides welcomed mutual visits of VIPs such as H.E. Mr. Teruhiko Mashiko, Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry who visited Kuwait in February 2010 for the first time under the Hatoyama administration followed by Mr. Yoshikatsu Nakayama, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister in May 2010.
  5. The Japanese side appreciated the great leadership of Kuwait as the GCC chair-country for the stability and prosperity in the entire Middle East.
  6. The two sides expressed their views in the frame of their discussions on the various issues in regional and international fields.
  7. The two sides welcomed the outcome of the first meeting of the Japan-Arab Economic Forum held in Tokyo in December 2009, which was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and the League of Arab States. The two sides acknowledged that the Japan-Arab Economic Forum would greatly contribute to enhancing cooperation between Japan and Arab countries in broad fields including financing for investment, water, solar power systems, industry, trade, environment and tourism. They also discussed how best to cooperate in preparing for the second session of the Japan-Arab Economic Forum, which will be held in Tunisia this year.
  8. The two sides welcomed the signing of the Convention of the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income, and committed themselves to cooperate further for its early entry into force.
  9. The two sides also welcomed the commencement of the negotiation for an investment agreement between the two countries, and confirmed that they would have the second round of negotiation in July 2010 in Kuwait and make their continuous efforts to conclude the agreement as soon as possible.
  10. The Japanese side expected the negotiations for the free trade agreement between Japan and the GCC (Japan-GCC FTA) to reach an expeditious conclusion under the Kuwaiti chairmanship of GCC countries.
  11. The two sides appreciated the efforts of the Kuwaiti-Japanese Businessmen's Committee, and expressed their expectation to further promote the business relations between the two countries through activities of the Committee.
  12. The two sides discussed increasing the amount of trade of exchanges and encouraging commercial delegation's visit and participation to the international exhibitions.
  13. The two sides took notes of the effective utilization of Japan Desk of the Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East and expressed their intention to implement appropriately the Kuwait Offset program and Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) scheme in Kuwait, for further promoting the business relations and investment.
  14. The Kuwaiti side welcomed Japan's active participation and investment in those projects in Kuwait such as construction of power plant, power grid network, oil refinery, railway and seaport in accordance with the Five-Year Development Plan of Kuwait. The Japanese side expressed its expectation for Kuwait's investment in Japan.
  15. The Japanese side expressed its appreciation for Kuwait's initiative for continuous stable energy supply through hosting "the Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable" in 2011 and "International Energy Forum" in 2012 and welcomed Kuwait's commitment to assure steady oil supply to Japan.
  16. The two sides welcomed efforts to strengthen technical cooperation between the two countries in upstream and downstream of oil industry, and especially appreciated the progress of the discussion for launching the research project with regards to CO2 enhanced oil recovery.
  17. The Kuwaiti side expressed its intention to study the introduction of nuclear electric power generation. The two sides confirmed their commitment to continue discussions on the possibility of cooperation in the field of nuclear energy.
  18. The two sides recognized the importance of renewable energy and energy conservation and expressed their expectation that the cooperation in these fields will facilitate business activities between the two countries.
  19. The two sides welcomed the significant progress regarding the project on solar integrated combined cycle between the Ministry of Electricity and Water of Kuwait and Toyota Tsusho Corporation and expressed their intention to render continuous supports for the execution of the project.
  20. The two sides expressed their willingness to promote and support the "Kids' ISO 14000 Program", an environmental education program developed in Japan. In this regard, the Japanese side welcomed the idea of establishing "the Kuwait Center for Environmental Education and Research (KCEER)".
  21. The two sides recognized the importance of securing water resources in Kuwait, and confirmed the necessity to enhance bilateral water-related business between the two countries.
  22. The two sides expressed their expectation to promote medical treatments in Japan.
  23. The two sides expressed their expectation to promote cooperation in the fields of tourism, higher education and culture between the two countries.
  24. The Kuwaiti side presented drafts of documents in various cooperation fields and the Japanese side took notes of those drafts of documents.
  25. The Kuwaiti side invited the Japanese side to the second Joint Committee between the two sides which will be held in Kuwait in 2011 that falls on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Tokyo, June 2, 2010

For the Government of Japan For the Government of
the State of Kuwait
Katsuya Okada
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Dr. Mohammed Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Chiaki Takahashi
Parliamentary Secretary for
Economy, Trade and Industry
 

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