A Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) was signed by Enterprise Greece and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Tokyo on Tuesday, January 31st, on the event of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ official visit to Japan.
Enterprise Greece was represented by Vicky Loizou, Secretary General for International Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chairwoman of Enterprise Greece, whereas JETRO was represented by its Chairman and CEO Nobuhiko Sasaki.The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is Japan's official government-related organization that promotes mutual trade and investment between the country and the rest of the world.
The MoC focuses on the following four pillars:
a) Enhancement of bilateral relations and ties in investments and trade, through the promotion of networking opportunities for their businesses,
b) Briefing both national business communities regarding the bilateral investment opportunities and projects,
c) Cooperation in the field of innovation in order to promote and facilitate business collaborations,
d) Facilitation of knowledge transfer in sustainable development by attracting appropriate Foreign Direct Investments.The Secretary General for International Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chairwoman of Enterprise Greece, Vicky Loizou, referred in the her greeting to the Greek – Japanese Business forum in Tokyo, to the over hundred years long diplomatic ties between Greece and Japan. The two countries have signed Amity, Commerce and Maritime Treaties through the years, three pillars that remain relevant today. The very presence of the Greek official mission in Japan offers a unique opportunity to redefine the bilateral relations of the two countries and to broaden the prospects for economic and commercial cooperation.
At the end of the MoC signing ceremony, Ms. Loizou emphasized that “both in Greece and Japan, our business communities are at the forefront of a dynamic transformation towards a more digital, green and sustainable future. Greece has performed extensive reforms in recent years and is transforming its economy, on the one hand by investing billions of euros in the green and digital transition and on the other hand by promoting innovative solutions for the future. The signing of an MoC between Enterprise Greece and JETRO confirms the will of both sides for close cooperation and constitutes the first step towards a common course of strategic initiatives and the development of common actions."