On March 11th, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) hosted “Palau Business Seminar” in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relationship between Palau and Japan; cohosted by Embassy of the Republic of Palau in Japan and Pacific Islands Centre(PIC). The seminar was well attended by over 130 people showing high interests in the country.
In the opening remarks, Dr. Yuri Sato, Executive Vice President of JETRO welcomed and expressed her gratitude to Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., President of the Republic of Palau and related parties for being able to hold the seminar, by coinciding with the official visit of President REMENGESAU to Japan, just three short months after the dispatch of Joint Public Private Economic Mission to Palau last year.
Norikazu Suzuki, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and Hon. Nobuteru ISHIHARA, Chairman of Japan-Palau Parliamentary Friendship League gave welcoming remarks followed by Keynote.
In his speech, President REMENGESAU described the government’s approach to streamline of investment approval procedure and taxation system for driving further cooperative effort with responsible investors in the field of tourism, infrastructure and construction.
The following presentations were given as below by the people familiar with Palau and Japan.
Presentations included topics on Palau’s attractive investment environment by Kaleb Udui, Policy Advisor, Office of the President, Republic of Palau; responsible approach for development of tourism industry by Kevin Mesebeluu, Director, Bureau of Tourism, Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment, and Tourism; A report on Palau Business Mission (Brief rundown of Palau Business Mission in December 2018), by Ryuzo Saito, Director, Pacific Islands Centre and the successful case study by Japanese company, “Introduction of Palau International Airport Project” by Masahiro Asaeda.
Francis Matsutaro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Palau to Japan wrapped up the seminar by delivering his closing remarks.
The lecturers and participants proactively took advantage of this networking opportunity by deeply exchanging their views after the seminar. This productive programme of Palau Business Seminar was concluded with great success.