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Invitation Program: Invitees • Mr. YERZHANOV Umirserik Kuztaevich Director of the Machine Industry Division, Committee for the Advancement of Industrial and Scientific Technology, Kazakhstan Ministry of Trade and Industry, • Mr. OSPANGALIYEV Telman Sheriyazdanovich Director of the National Assets Management Division, Committee for the Advancement of Industrial and Scientific Technology, Kazakhstan Ministry of Trade and Industry [July 18-23, 2007]

Invitation Program: Invitees


Mr. YERZHANOV Umirserik Kuztaevich
Director of the Machine Industry Division, Committee for the Advancement of Industrial and Scientific Technology, Kazakhstan Ministry of Trade and Industry

Mr. OSPANGALIYEV Telman Sheriyazdanovich
Director of the National Assets Management Division, Committee for the Advancement of Industrial and Scientific Technology, Kazakhstan Ministry of Trade and Industry


Outline


Presently in Japan, both public and private sectors are becoming increasingly heightened attention to Kazakhstan in Central Asia, a country rich in various resources, including oil, gas, uranium, and metals. Kazakhstan, for its part, is focusing economic policies on industry diversification and moving away from dependence on oil, and has recognized the necessity of strengthening relations with Japan, which possesses advanced technology. In light of this situation, IIST invited senior government officials in charge of the manufacturing industry and business development in Kazakhstan through a cooperative framework with the Japan Association for Trade with Russia & NIS (ROTOBO), an organization familiar with the current state of the Kazakhstan region, in order to deepen mutual understanding through discussions with persons from Japanese government and industry sectors and by sharing Japan's experiences with industrial policy. (Tokyo, 2007)

Date: 18 - 23 July, 2007 (6 days, 5 nights stay in Japan)
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Supported by: Japan Association for Trade with Russia & NIS (ROTOBO)


Invited Persons


Mr. YERZHANOV Umirserik Kuztaevich
Director of the Machine Industry Division, Committee for the Advancement of Industrial and Scientific Technology, Kazakhstan Ministry of Trade and Industry

Mr. OSPANGALIYEV Telman Sheriyazdanovich
Director of the National Assets Management Division, Committee for the Advancement of Industrial and Scientific Technology, Kazakhstan Ministry of Trade and Industry


Program and Overview


July 23
Arrive in Japan, IIST briefing, etc.

July 24ζ—₯
Courtesy calls to ROTOBO
METI Deputy Director-General Takata, International Trade Policy Bureau
METI presentation *(1)

July 25
METI presentation *(1)
Central Eurasian Studies Investigation Committee (77th)
Tie-up Debriefing (IIST)

July 26
Visit to Toshiba Corporation, Keihin Product Operations *(4)
ROTOBO-sponsored luncheon

July 27
Panasonic Center, Micromachine/MEMS Exhibition *(4)
Wrap-up meeting with key members of the Japan-Kazakhstan Economic Committee (ROTOBO) *(3)
IIST-sponsored dinner


*(1) A presentation by METI
Presentation: "Manufacturing Policies in Japan" (METI)
Presenter: Mr. Hirokazu Watanabe, Consulting Fellow, Office of Director for Manufacturing Industries Policy, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)

Presentation: "Production Management: Establishing Kaizen (Reform)" (ROTOBO)
Presenter: Mr. Norio Otera, Business Associates

Presentation: "Industrial Policy and the History of Industry Development" (METI) Presenter: Mr. Makoto Kuroyabu, Consulting Fellow, Section Chief, Industrial Structure, Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

Presentation: "Industrial Finance" (METI)
Presenter: Mr. Yotetsu Hayashi, Consulting Fellow, Industrial Finance Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

*(2) IIST- Central Eurasion Studies Investigation Committee (77th) Tie-up Debriefing (IIST)

*(3) Informal meeting to exchange ideas with the industrial sector
Wrap-up meeting with key members of the Japan-Kazakhstan Economic Committee (ROTOBO)

*(4) Tour of facilities: Toshiba Corporation, Keihin Product Operations/Panasonic Center, Micromachine/MEMS Exhibition

The full cooperation of METI contributed to comprehensive presentations on industrial policy in Japan. The two visiting senior officials stated they found the presentations very satisfying. In regard to communication with the industrial sector, there were lively exchanges of opinion with participants from member companies of ROTOBO, which is run by the Japan Association for Trade with Russia & NIS. In addition, the IIST-Central Eurasian Studies Investigation Committee (77th) Tie-up Debriefing also became an occasion to exchange ideas among specialists in economics and industry in Russia and Central Asia, and presented a good opportunity for all involved. Overall, as outlined above, it was assessed to be an effective and timely program.

Mr. YERZHANOV (left) and Mr. OSPANGALIYEV (right)

Mr. YERZHANOV (left) and Mr. OSPANGALIYEV (right)

With Vice-President and Managing Director Takato Ojimi at IIST

With Vice-President and Managing Director Takato Ojimi at IIST


Reporting on the situation in Kazakhstan at the IIST-Central Eurasian Studies Investigation Committee (77th) Tie-up Debriefing

Reporting on the situation in Kazakhstan at the IIST-Central Eurasian Studies Investigation Committee (77th) Tie-up Debriefing

IIST-sponsored dinner

IIST-sponsored dinner




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