The Secretary of International Economic Relations of the Foreign Ministry, Cecilia Todesca Bocco, held today in the city of Tokyo a series of work meetings related to the increase in trade relations between Argentina and Japan.
As a framework prior to the official visit that Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero will carry out between Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, where he will be received by the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, high Japanese authorities and prominent local businessmen.
Todesca Bocco was received by the executive vice president of JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), Mio Kawada, with whom she discussed the economic situation in Argentina and the challenges of the immediate future for our country and for Japan. She also followed up on the results of the Kawada mission to Argentina, which took place on July 12 and 13 of this year.
JETRO aims to identify sectors where Japanese companies can invest, and they are particularly interested in opportunities linked to the energy transition, digitalization, mining and food. In addition, this important organization intends to develop a dynamic instance of relationship with the environment of Argentine startups, which has shown very dynamic progress.
During the meeting, the trajectory and long-term commitment of Japanese companies that have invested in Argentina and their contribution to employment, technological development and exports were recognized.
On the other hand, Todesca Bocco was in the Directorate for Latin America and the Caribbean of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), together with its general director, Manabu Ohara, the director, Kengo Akamine and the deputy director, Yusuke Yoshimaru. The authorities analyzed the scope of the different cooperation programs of the Japanese agency in Argentina, with special emphasis on training programs, assistance for the internationalization of Argentine SMEs and postgraduate training for young Argentines.
Finally, the secretary visited the Future Creation Hub of the NEC company, at its offices in Tokyo, where she was received by the senior vice president, Toshiya Matsuki, and the entity’s executive vice president, Naoki Yoshida
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NEC is a company with a long international history specializing in the design and manufacture of computers and telecommunications equipment, including submarine communication cables. The company has also specialized in the development and application of technological solutions to simplify basic citizen procedures, to improve security and to control infrastructure.
As a framework prior to the official visit that Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero will carry out between Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, where he will be received by the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, high Japanese authorities and prominent local businessmen
NEC was established in Argentina in the late 1970s and today has more than 170 highly specialized workers who provide services throughout Latin America. In Argentina, NEC has developed operations in surveillance systems for provinces and municipalities, facial recognition for documentation, and digital government.
During the meeting there was a presentation and demonstration of the new technologies that NEC is developing related to the biometric recognition of people and massive groups of people, both for their application to security and for the improvement of transport services and others to through the study of assistance and transit flows.
At all the meetings, Cecilia Todesca Bocco was accompanied by the Argentine ambassador to Japan, Eduardo Tempone.
Argentina and Japan have been consolidating a post-pandemic recovery of bilateral trade in goods from 2021, a trend that was maintained in 2022 with exports for USD 794.6 million, representing an interannual growth of 10.1% and imports for USD 1,200.8 millions.
Japan was the 7th destination of Argentine exports to Asia in 2022, after China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea and Malaysia. Regarding the origin of Japanese imports, Argentina ranked 6th in Latin America in 2022.