A HIGH-level Japanese delegation led by the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Minoru Kiuchi, is visiting Eritrea to promote bilateral cooperation and investment.
The delegation conducted a meeting today with President Isaias Afwerki at the State Palace.
The meeting addressed means to foster bilateral relations and coordination of development projects that are currently financed by Japan.
President Isaias on his part stressed Japan’s role in a changing global climate and stated the fulcrum of bilateral cooperation is capacity building and investment.
The Japanese government, through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has launched several bilateral development projects in Eritrea.
In 2012, for instance, JICA and the National Board of Higher Education signed a comprehensive agreement to improve the higher education system in Eritrea. As a result, JICA agreed to fully fund projects for Improving the Quality and Capacity of three Higher Education Institutes in the country namely the Eritrea Institute of Technology (EIT), Hamelmalo Agriculture College (HAC), and Massawa College of Marine Science and Technology (COMSAT).
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President Isaias Holds Talks with Japanese Delegation
(Asmara, 15 September 2014) – President Isaias Afwerki today received and held talks with a Japanese government delegation headed by the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Minoru Kiuchi.
After delivering a message from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mr. Minoru Kiuchi commended Eritrea’s cooperation with his country as regards international affairs and expressed conviction that Eritrea would support Japan’s endeavors to secure a seat in the UN Security Council.
President Isaias indicated that Eritrean-Japanese cooperation in the domains of education and vocational training, as well as in different sectors connected with private investment needs to be accompanied by concrete steps.
In connection with Japan’s bid to join the UN Security Council, he underlined that Tokyo should play a constructive role in the UN Security Council in line with its influence.
The two sides agreed to promote constructive engagement in various domains. Present on the occasion were Foreign Minister Osman Saleh, Mr. Yemane Gebremeskel, Director of the President’s Office, and the Eritrean Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Estifanos Afwerki.
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Eritrean-Japanese Joint Consultative Meeting on Economic Domain Conducted
(Asmara, 16 September 2014) – Eritrean-Japanese Consultative Meeting on the cooperation of partnership in the economic domain was conducted yesterday at Asmara Palace Hotel.
On the Eritrean side, experts headed by Mr. Gergis Teklemichael, Minister of National Development, also comprising experts from the Ministries of Education, Agriculture, Health, Labor and Human Welfare, Energy and Mines, as well as Foreign Affairs took part.
Present on the Japanese side was the delegation headed by State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Minoru Kiuchi. The two sides mapped out an action plan that would back up the implementation of the resolutions adopted by the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD-V).
It is to be recalled that the Japanese government delegation headed by State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Minoru Kiuchi earlier held a discussion with President Isaias Afwerki.
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Japanese Government Expresses Readiness to Foster Partnership of Cooperation with Eritrea
(Asmara, 16 September 2014) – The Japanese government has expressed readiness to foster a partnership of cooperation with Eritrea.
This was disclosed at a meeting that the visiting Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Minoru Kiuchi, held with Foreign Minister Osman Saleh today.
In the meeting, the two sides reached an agreement on strengthening diplomatic ties between both countries and to this end open a Japanese Embassy in Asmara.
Moreover, the discussion was conducted on the need for Japan, as a developed nation, to enhance its role in the implementation of the final and binding ruling of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission.
Meanwhile, the Japanese delegation held a meeting with the Eritrean Finance Minister, Mr. Birhane Habtemariam, regarding prospects of bilateral cooperation in the field of development and investment.
The Japanese delegation made a tour of inspection to Zeir textile factory, Medeber, and other important sites.