Industry minister, Japanese envoy discuss trade, investment

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Minister of Industry, Trade, and Supply Yousef Shamali (left) meets with Japanese Ambassador to Jordan Shimazaki Kaoru on February 1, 2022. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Minister of Industry, Trade, and Supply Yousef Shamali on Tuesday discussed with Japanese Ambassador to Jordan Shimazaki Kaoru ways to expand economic and trade cooperation, increase volume of Japanese investments in the Kingdom, and stimulate the private sector to benefit from available opportunities.اضافة اعلان

According to a ministry statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra on Wednesday, Shamali and Shimazaki agreed to find "appropriate" mechanisms to increase trade and investment. These included benefiting from the free trade agreements signed between Jordan and the US, Canada, and Singapore; the Greater Arab Free Trade Area; and the relaxed rules of origin with the EU.

Shamali lauded Jordanian-Japanese relations, and the two countries' leaderships' attention to strengthen economic and trade relations, stressing the importance of Japanese embassy in Jordan in enhancing joint economic and trade ties.

Affirming the ministry's keenness to continue joint cooperation at all levels, Shamali lauded the continuous support provided by the Japanese government to Jordan in many economic sectors.

Discussions also tackled possibility of signing a framework trade agreement to regulate Jordanian-Japanese trade cooperation, which includes a proposal to establish a joint ministerial trade committee for cooperation, the statement said.

The two sides also underlined the importance of exchanging trade delegations' visits to check firsthand on Jordan's investment opportunities and focus on the Kingdom's sectors with export opportunities in the Japanese market, especially olive oil, dates, phosphate, potash, and Dead Sea products, the statement noted.

Shamali and Shimazaki discussed enhancing cooperation in information technology, higher education fields, and investment promotion.

Discussions also went over ways to benefit from Japan's expertise in many areas of common interest, especially industrial development, support for small and medium-sized enterprises, and energy alternatives, the statement added.

This projected cooperation also aims to expand Jordan's utilization of solar and wind energy, and urge major Japanese companies to study possibility of investing in Jordan in renewable energy, waste treatment, and railway projects, and integrate new transportation and environment technology through a public-private partnership, the statement read.

Jordanian-Japanese trade exchange in the first 10 months of 2021 was valued at more than $310 million, according to official data.

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