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Prime Minister Kishida delivers speech at Japan-Ukraine Conference


Tokyo, 20 February 2024 (TDI): On February 19, Japan’s Prime Minister, Kishida Fumio, delivered a speech at the Leaders’ Session of the Japan-Ukraine Conference. It was conducted for the promotion of economic growth and reconstruction at the Keidanren Kaikan, Tokyo.

Prime Minister Kishida highlighted Japan’s commitment to supporting Ukraine’s reconstruction efforts in response to President Zelenskyy’s call during his visit to Ukraine last year.

He emphasized Japan’s intention to bolster Ukraine’s economic development through public-private collaboration, ensuring inclusiveness, partnership, knowledge, and technology transfer.

Five concrete actions were outlined, including signing the Tax Convention and initiating negotiations for a review of the Bilateral Investment Treaty. Japan pledged to promote private investment and job creation in Ukraine.

Inhis speech at Japan-Ukraine Conference, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal conveyed President Zelenskyy’s gratitude. He underscored Ukraine’s eagerness to learn from Japan’s reconstruction experience and collaborate further with Japanese companies.

Moreover, he stated that it was essential for the private sector to recover and reconstruct Ukraine. It should touch upon Ukraine’s enormous financial needs for recovery and reconstruction and its own current anti-corruption efforts.

This also includes mentioning the European Union’s recent decision to start accession negotiations with Ukraine. He also highlighted areas like energy, agriculture, infrastructure, automobile manufacturing, mining, and information technology.

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Moreover, Prime Minister Shmyhal appreciated Japan’s support for Ukraine’s Peace Formula and recognized Japan’s solidarity actions.

A ceremony exchanged the signed text of the Tax Convention. It unveiled 56 cooperation documents, underscoring the strengthened collaboration between Japan and Ukraine.

The Joint Communique, released as an outcome document, highlighted the mutual commitment to fostering economic growth and reconstruction, marking a significant step in Japan-Ukraine relations.

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