Japan seeks cooperation in primary industries

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

JAPAN is seeking cooperation with Brunei in several areas of primary industries along with tourism, according to the Japanese Ambassador.

In a statement issued by the embassy, an eight-member delegation from Miyazaki Prefectural Assembly of Japan is visiting Brunei today until January 16.

The Miyazaki Prefecture which is located on the island of Kyushu is one of the 47 prefectures in Japan. Its economy consists largely of primary industries such as agriculture, fisheries and forestry when compared to other prefectures.

Fisheries and solar power generation are among the other potential areas of cooperation between Brunei and the prefecture said the Japanese ambassador, Noriko Iki.

Through the statement, she explained that a group of students from the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) and officials from the Department of Fisheries would be invited to Japan via the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) programme.

Their participation in the programme is part of Japan’s efforts to contribute to Brunei’s economic diversification efforts, added the ambassador.

On tourism, she expressed her hopes in seeing more Bruneians visiting the Kyushu Island as it is considered a popular holiday destination for its many volcanoes and hot springs.

“We hope to see more Bruneians visit the island. There are many direct flights from Southeast Asia’s major cities such as Singapore and Bangkok to Fukuoka, the main city on Kyushu Island,” said the ambassador.

“It is a popular holiday destination not only for Japanese but also for our Asian neighbours such as Koreans and Chinese,” she added.

The eight-member delegation will be visiting several government agencies while here including the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism to explore potential areas of cooperation with the sultanate and learning each other portfolios.

The talks will also take into consideration that both Brunei and Japan are parties to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

According to the statement, the Miyazaki Prefecture holds the largest world market share in some of its products due to its abundance in water resources that enables it to host ‘cutting-edge technology industries’.

The prefecture also holds amongst the world’s largest manufacturing industries and production value of CIS (copper indium gallum selenide) thin film solar cell.

The Brunei Times