The 2nd Japan-Arab Economic Forum 11-12 December 2010

Link to Japanese organizations for promotion of economic cooperation

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Japan Arab Association Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is a policy-based financial institution wholly owned by the Japanese government, which has the purpose of contributing to the sound development of Japan and the international economy and society, by taking responsibility for the financial function to promote the overseas development and securement of resources which are important for Japan, to maintain and improve the international competitiveness of Japanese industries and to promote the overseas business having the purpose of preserving the global environment, such as preventing global warming, also providing the financial services that are necessary to prevent disruptions to international financial order or to take appropriate measures with respect to damages caused by such disruption, while having the objective of supplementing the financial transactions implemented by ordinary financial institutions.

Mission
Our mission is to contribute to the sound development of Japan and the international economy and society by conducting its operation in the following fields:
  • • Promoting the overseas development and securement of resources which are important for Japan
  • • Maintaining and improving the international competitiveness of Japanese industries
  • • Promoting the overseas business having the purpose of preserving the global environment, such as preventing global warming
  • • Preventing disruptions to international financial order or taking appropriate measures with respect to damages caused by such disruption

 

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Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East (JCCME)
Japan Arab Association Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East (JCCME) was founded in 1973 by the joint efforts of the Japanese government, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and industry, and the private sector. Its primary objective is to contribute to the promotion of Japan’s economic and technical cooperation with the Middle East and the North Africa (MENA) countries with a view to furthering their economic development.
Since its inception, JCCME has long played a bridging role between Japan and the countries in the MENA region on the private-sector level by providing cooperation in the fields of investment promotion, technology transfer, human resource development and so on. In forging new relationship with the region, JCCME makes use of Japan’s soft power such as high technology and management know-how, and works to contribute to the development of each of the countries according to their actual situation, bearing in mind that human development and economic development should be the two wheels of a cart for the building of a nation.
JCCME will continue to engage in cooperation and support activities in the fields of lifeline, infrastructure, education, environment, IT, etc. in the MENA region in cooperation with the relevant ministries and organizations in Japan.

 

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Japan Cooperation Center, Petroleum (JCCP)
Japan Arab Association Japan Cooperation Center, Petroleum (JCCP) was founded in 1981 to promote friendly relations between oil producing countries and Japan through technical cooperation, and thereby contribute to securing stable supply of oil. With a focus on activities in the downstream sector of the oil industry such as petroleum refining, physical distribution and marketing, JCCP offers training programs, implements technical cooperation programs, sponsors international symposiums and VIP invitation programs, carries out studies and research, and otherwise engages in activities aimed at promoting personnel and technical exchange between oil producing countries and Japan.
Training programs are divided into training courses that are held in Japan and seminars that are held in oil producing countries by experts dispatched from Japan.
Technical cooperation programs are implemented as a joint undertaking by an oil producing country and Japan, to introduce or develop new technologies in the oil producing country through the cooperation of engineers and researchers of both countries.
Since its founding, JCCP has steadily established close relationships of cooperation with governmental organizations and private companies in the downstream sector of the oil producing countries around the world. We will continue to pursue our commitment to strengthen friendship between oil producing countries and Japan and contribute to the stability of oil supply.

 

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Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Japan Arab Association JETRO was established in 1958 by the Japanese government as an agency for trade promotion and implementation of research into developing countries, with the following goals: 1) increasing Japanese trade; 2) developing smooth trade and economic relationships with foreign nations; and 3) accelerating economic cooperation.
The main pillars of JETRO’s activities are: 1) assisting Japanese firms, especially SMEs, to expand their businesses overseas; 2) increasing trade with developing countries; and 3) promoting FDI into Japan. With these goals in mind, JETRO is currently implementing the following activities in the Middle East together with our regional offices in Cairo, Dubai and Riyadh.

 

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Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. (JFTC)
Japan Arab Association Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. (JFTC) was founded in June 1947 as a core private-sector organization in the area of international trade, with nationwide membership of private companies and organizations. Its direct antecedents comprised four trade promoting organizations which functioned in the early postwar years prior to the re-commencement of private trade.
Following the dramatic changes in Japan’s economic and trade environments which began in the 1970s, JFTC was reorganized in June 1986 to take the form of a trade-industry association with trading companies and trading organizations as its core members.

 

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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Japan Arab Association JICA assists and supports developing countries as the executing agency of Japanese ODA.In accordance with its vision of “Inclusive and Dynamic Development,” JICA supports the resolution of issues of developing countries by using the most suitable tools of various assistance methods and a combined regional-, country- and issue-oriented approach.
JICA is in charge of administering all ODA such as technical cooperation, ODA loans and grant aid in an integrated manner, except contributions to international organizations. JICA, the world’slargest bilateral aid agency, works in over 150 countries and regions and has some 100 overseas offices. There are many issues in the world that must be addressed not by individual countries but by the international community. In dealing with such issues, JICA has defined four Missions to be achieved. JICA’s cooperative operations are implemented under this Vision and Missions.

Mission 1 Addressing Global Agenda
Addressing the global agenda, including climate change, water, food, energy, infectious diseases and financing
Mission 2 Reducing Poverty through Equitable Growth
Pursuing sustained poverty reduction through inclusive and equitable growth
Mission 3 Improving Governance
Strengthening policies, institutions, organizations and human resources as underpinnings of development
Mission 4 Achieving Human Security
Protecting people from threats and building societies where they can live with dignity


 

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Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) is a comprehensive economic organization born in May 2002 by amalgamation of Keidanren (Japan Federation of Economic Organizations) and Nikkeiren (Japan Federation of Employers’ Associations). Its membership of 1,603 is comprised of 1,281 companies, 127 industrial associations, and 47 regional economic organizations (as of June 15, 2011).
Its mission is to accelerate growth of Japan's and world economy and to strengthen the corporations to create value to transform Japanese economy into one that is sustainable and driven by the private sector, by encouraging the idea of individuals and local communities.
Keidanren, for this purpose, shall establish timely consensus and work towards resolution of a variety of issues concerning Japanese business community. Meanwhile, it will communicate with its stakeholders including political leaders, administrators, labor unions, and citizens at large. It will urge its members to adhere to Charter of Corporate Behavior and Global Environment Charter, in order to recover public confidence in businesses. It will also attempt to resolve international problems and to deepen economic relations with other countries through policy dialogue with governments, business groups and concerned international organizations.

 

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New Energy & Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
NEDO The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) is Japan's largest public R&D management organization coordinating technology development activities in collaboration with the industrial, academic and governmental sectors, and it is committed to undertaking technology development and demonstration projects that contribute to the resolution of energy and global environmental problems.
NEDO is also promoting collaborative demonstrative research activities in Europe, the U.S., Middle East and Asian countries in such fields as new energy, energy conservation, smart community infrastructure and water resource management that target new world standard technology as well as market development by leveraging established international research networks.

 

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Japan Arab Association
Japan Arab Association JAPAN ARAB ASSOCIATION was established in September 1958 in line with the spirit of the ARAB LEAGUE. The purpose is to promote friendship, cultural exchange, economic and technical co-operation between Japan and Arab countries and to enhance Japanese people's understanding of Arab countries. Since its establishment and through its unique activities, the Japan Arab Association, as a non-government organization, is highly appraised in Japan and has received great support and assistance not only from the Arab Embassies in Japan but also from the Arab government and their people. Such activities include: publishing the quarterly magazine "ARAB", organizing monthly "SEMINARS" concerning the latest issues and situations among Arab countries including Palestine issue, financially supporting "Arab Day" organized by the Council of Arab Ambassadors and Heads of Missions in Tokyo, holding "CALLIGRAPHY" classes for the members of the association and people in general. Among other things we are very proud that we have been continuously sending Japanese people to various Arab countries, as both economic and friendship missions. That helped Japanese people understand the Arab world and by the same token let Arab people understand what Japanese culture is like and Japanese way of thinking. We, Japan Arab Association, will continue our utmost efforts in expanding and promoting the friendly relationship between Japan and ARAB countries and will continue working together with the ARAB LEAGUE.

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The Middle East Research Institute of Japan
NEDO The Middle East Research Institute of Japan was founded in February 1956 as a private organization by a group of university professors and intellectuals specializing in the Middle Eastern affairs. Their determined efforts have made the Institute the first and most prestigious organization in the field of the Middle East studies in Japan. Shortly thereafter in 1956, the Second Middle East War occasioned by the Egyptian nationalization of the Suez Canal, carved in relief the increasing political and economical importance of the region on the world map.
The original activities of the Institute aimed at promoting correct understanding of the region and its affairs among the Japanese public, through providing timely and relevant information and commentaries.
The Middle East Research Institute of Japan was reorganized in 1960 as a juridical body under the supervision of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. With increased geopolitical importance of the Middle East, Japan’s interest in and attention to the region was expanded and deepened. The Institute has responded to this situation with its research and publication activities covering the region’s politics, economy, religion, culture and history.
As a private entity, the Middle East Research Institute runs its activities with the financial support of its Members, corporate and individual, under the supervision of the Board of Executive Directors, and presently has 12 research fellows (5 full-time, 4 visiting and 3 associate) in addition to an administrative staff under director.
The Institute provides the Members with a variety of services, and carries out public promotional activities as well. Its quarterly journal “The Journal of Middle Eastern Studies” (in Japanese) is widely distributed as a most learned publication on the Middle East.

 

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