The 4th Arab-Japanese Economic Forum in Casablanca

Participation of a significant delegation of major Japanese groups led by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

Morocco hosted on May 4 and 5, in Casablanca, the Economic Forum, organised by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Investment and the Digital Economy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Japanese Government and Arab League.

This edition has witnessed the participation of an important Japanese delegation led by the Minister of Economy, Commerce and Industry, Mr Motoo Hayashi. About 60 Japanese officials made the journey to Casablanca, amongst whom were the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr Yoji Muto, officials from the development agencies (JICA, JETRO, ...), as well as over 250 top executives from Japanese large corporations (JX, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Chiyoda, Fujifilm, JGC, Marubeni, Itochu, Sumitomo, ...).

The Deputy Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr. Mohamed At-twaijri also attended this large event, along with a number of Arab Ministers and economic operators.

This massive and qualitative presence demonstrates the interest in strengthening the economic relations between the Arab countries and Japan, as well as the common will of both parties to participate fully in a mutually beneficial partnership.

The forum aims to intensify Arab-Japanese economic and investment relations and to promote cooperation between Arab and Japanese governments and economic communities, in order to build a true win-win partnership and generate positive spinoffs.

The programme of the 4th forum was rich and packed. Expert panels were organised during the two working days with the aim of highlighting the various partnership and investment opportunities in many promising sectors of interest for Arab and Japanese investors, particularly industry, energy, infrastructures, finance, green economy as well as research and development.

The programme also included a ”Morocco” themed plenary session dedicated to the presentation of the various business and investment opportunities the Kingdom offers to Arab and Japanese economic operators.