President Nobuyori Kodaira
KODAIRA Nobuyori

Welcome to the JCCME website:

Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East (JCCME) was founded in October 1973 in the midst of the first oil crisis, by the joint efforts of the public and private sectors of Japan, as a non-profit incorporated foundation authorized by the then Ministry of International Trade and Industry. ✽

At the time of the establishment of JCCME, there was a passionate conviction by the then leaders from the business community that it would become more significant for Japan to build a favorable and multifaceted cooperative relationship with oil producing countries in the Middle East as an important source of energy supply to Japan, with an aim to secure stable economic development and guarantee an affluent life, as Japan has few domestic energy resources, most of which relies on imports from overseas.

Inheriting the said conviction for around half a century, JCCME has been working on the development of a multi-layered relationship that does not limited to the stable supply of energy resources to Japan alone, mainly focusing on the promotion of the trade and investment and the support of human resource development in the Middle East and North African (MENA) countries. To date, JCCME has been engaged in a broad range of support activities by providing a number of Japanese companies/organizations with information on investment environment, dispatched/received investment promotion missions, conducted feasibility studies, and offered a number of training opportunities, technical transfer and human resource development.

Currently, it seems that geopolitical risks in the MENA countries have been increasing significantly, due to withdrawal by USA from JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal) and re-imposition of crippling economic sanctions on Iran, confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and endless conflict situation in Syria. On the other hand, in the MENA countries where a total of approximately 600 million population are breathed, the proportion of young people is generally high, and there is a huge demand for infrastructure systems critical to the economic growth and job creation. Among others, oil producing counties that strives hard for “economic diversification” as set one of the national goals have been expressed much expectations for Japan’s cooperation.

In order to meet such expectations from the MENA countries, it becomes more and more important to contribute to the stability of the region through the Japan’s cooperation toward the realization of economic diversification and growth, building a solid relationship as well. On the basis of the support activities over the past decades, JCCME will make all out endeavors to conduct the following three (3) vital missions successfully so as to contribute toward (a) promotion of the investment that serves to economic diversification, (b) support for the facilitation of "high quality infrastructure system" to be the basis of economic growth and (c) human resource development, in the MENA countries.

We are more determined than ever to work on as a catalyst between public and private sectors of the MENA countries and Japan to achieve the above missions.

Your continued support would be highly appreciated.
With our best regards,
Note: MITI was reorganized to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in 2001.

Event news

March 08, 2017 JAPAN WATER AND POWER TECHNICAL WORKSHOP was held in Damman on 22nd February, 2017
March 31, 2016   Registration for The 4th Japan-Arab Economic Forum in Morocco
March 18, 2016   Announcement of the 4th Japan-Arab Economic Forum
August 28, 2015   Invitation of Engineers from Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) to Japan
July 13, 2015   The 15th Saudi Arabia – Japan Business Council Meeting
June 24, 2015   Relocation of Japan Desk(Kuwait)
February 17, 2015   The 19th Japanese-Kuwaiti Businessmen’s Committee
February 03, 2015   Site Visit in Japan for Sewage Treatment and Recycling Implementation
November 19, 2014   Postponement of the 4th Japan-Arab Economic Forum
June 27, 2014   Report on the Graduation Ceremony for the 4th and 5th Batch of Trainees of SEHAI
March 12, 2014   Middle East Business Seminar
  “Future Vision of Oil and Gas:
  Environmental Aspects and Reserves”
March 07, 2014   Training Course for SEHAI Managers
January 16, 2014   “Training Course on Desalination Technologies and
Water Reuse for the Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity & Water
January 14, 2014   “The 18th Japanese-Kuwaiti Businessmen’s Committee
October 07, 2013   Debriefing on the 38th Japan Cooperation Forum for the Middle East in Dubai from Chairman Okuda to Prime Minister Abe
July 22, 2013   Middle East Business Seminar in Hokkaido
July 24, 2013   The 2nd Japan-Iraq Joint Conference on Healthcare Sector
July 04, 2013   Intensive Course on the Middle East
March 14, 2013   The 13th Saudi-Japan Business Council
March 12, 2013   Study & Business Tour to Japan for Sewage Treatment and Recycling
January 15, 2013   Kingdom of Morocco Investment Seminar


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