Jhinaoui discusses with Japanese officials in Tokyo ways to expand bilateral co-operation | Tunisia News Gazette

Jhinaoui discusses with Japanese officials in Tokyo ways to expand bilateral co-operation

Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui has held several talks with senior Japanese officials on the first day of his official visit to Japan on ways to strengthen bilateral co-operation, said a statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The FM discussed at a meeting with Executive Senior Vice President of Japan’s International Co-operation Agency (JICA) Kazuhiko Koshikawa the agency’s programmes in Tunisia and ways to develop them, highlighting its role in supporting development efforts in Tunisia.

Jhinaoui expressed his satisfaction at the resumption of the pace of co-operation at its usual level and the commitment of Japan to finance new projects, like the seawater desalination plant project in Sfax.

He also called for the intensification of technical support programmes aimed at upgrading skills and creating job opportunities for young people.

For his part, the senior executive vice president of JICA renewed the agency’s commitment to continue supporting development efforts in Tunisia.

In this regard, he announced the visit of a delegation of experts to Tunisia in late November to discuss ways to finance new projects in the framework of bilateral co-operation.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Japan’s NEC, the world’s leading communications and digital technologies company in Tokyo, where he learned about its new products.

He discussed with the company managers ways to establish a global partnership to consolidate the “smart Tunisia” project.

During his meeting with the former prime minister and honorary president of the Japanese-Tunisian parliamentary friendship group and current chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee, Yoshiro Mori, Khemaies Jhinaoui paid tribute to the Japanese official for his distinguished services to foster friendship between the two countries and invited him to visit Tunisia.

In addition, the Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed with Japanese Prime Minister’s Special Adviser Kentaro Sonoura ways to develop economic and financial co-operation between the two countries.

He stressed Tunisia’s willingness to explore new mechanisms to boost Japanese investment and reviewed the latest developments in the Libyan issue and the outcome of the Libyan talks in Tunisia.

On the other hand, Khemaies Jhinaoui presided, on Wednesday evening, over a reception hosted by the Tunisian Embassy in Tokyo, in co-operation with the Japanese-Tunisian parliamentary friendship association, in the presence of Japanese Senior Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki Nakane, the president of the Nobuo Kishi association, his deputy and Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Manabu Horii and several Japanese MPs of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

He delivered remarks in which he welcomed the Tunisian-Japanese relations and the will of the two countries to consolidate them in all fields.

Jhinaoui also met some Japanese personalities active in the economic, academic and cultural sectors.

He also met some members of the Tunisian community in Japan, learning about their concerns and conditions of residence.

Source: TAP News Agency

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