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Wednesday, 06 November 2013

Director General Li on official visit to Japan

TOKYO, 6 November 2013 - Director General Li visited the Japan Business Federation (KEIDANREN) in Tokyo where he was welcomed by Takashi Funato, Chairman of the Policy Sub-Committee on International Cooperation and Executive Vice President and Head, Global Strategic Planning and Operations Headquarters, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Nobuko Sanui, Managing Director. They discussed the experience of Japan in successfully dealing with a range of industrial problems, including environmental pollution, and agreed that Japan’s experience can guide developing and emerging countries in their efforts to industrialize.

Director General Li was also received today by Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs. Director General Li expressed his appreciation for Japan’s contribution to UNIDO and interest to develop relations even further to benefit from Japan’s expertise in industrialization and technical assistance. Furusawa commended the Director General for his strong leadership in promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and stressed UNIDO’s role as a major implementing partner of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with many projects undertaken in recipient member states of UNIDO.

TOKYO, 5 November 2013 - Director General Li was received by State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Midori Matsushima. Minister Matsushima commended UNIDO for its efforts to promote green industry by balancing economic growth with environmental considerations, and encouraged UNIDO to play an even stronger role in this area. Director General Li expressed his appreciation for the substantive support of METI to the Organization, including for UNIDO's Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Tokyo which helps promote investment and technology transfer from Japan to developing countries.

The Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Seiji Kihara, voiced full support for UNIDO’s new focus on inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), and said the relationship between MOFA and UNIDO will also help further develop collaboration with the private sector in Japan. Director General Li expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the continuous and strong support to the Organization and assured of his intention to further strengthen the close cooperation between UNIDO and the Government of Japan. 

During a meeting with leaders of the Japanese private sector at the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai) in Tokyo, including with Kaneichi Maehara, Vice Chairman and President of Keizai Doyukai, Kunio Noji, Chairman of the Board of Komatsu Ltd., Yukio Tada, President and CEO of Sojitz Research Institute Ltd., and Masao Fujita, Senior Executive Officer, Komatsu Ltd. Director General Li and the executives discussed cooperation between UNIDO and the private sector, emphasizing the need for vocational and technical training activities in developing countries.

Meeting with selected Japanese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) boasting green technologies, which have also been promoted at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). CEOs and leaders of Aquatech Ltd., Asada Corporation, Kaiho Sangyo Co., Ltd., Kinsei Sangyo Ltd., and VPEC Inc. presented their projects in waste water management, destruction of fluorocarbons and refrigerants, end of life vehicle recycling, gasification power generation and smart grid engineering.