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Middle East Ambassadors’ Visit to Next-Generation Energy Park [December 05-06, 2008]

Middle East Ambassadors' Visit to Next-Generation Energy Park


Outline


The purpose of next-generation energy parks is to promote understanding of next-generation energies that achieve harmony with the global environment by offering tours of energy equipment such as solar power and hands-on learning facilities. As of 2008, 13 next-generation energy parks have been approved.
With the aim of promoting Japan’s new energy initiatives to foreign countries, this program invited ambassadors from the Middle East to visit Hidaka Port New Energy Park located in Gobo City, Wakayama Prefecture. It is said to be one of the parks with the most advanced equipment. The ambassadors toured the site and met with local government personnel and persons from energy companies.


Dates: December 5-6, 2008
Organized by: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Wakayama Prefecture, Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Place: Wakayama Prefecture

Participants


6persons (For details, please see bottom of page.)


Overview


Tour of Hidaka Port New Energy Park (EE Park)
Informal dinner and discussion with local government officials and energy company representatives
Discussion with Mr. Nikai, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, etc.

Numerous local news media, such as Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, Sankei Shimbun, were present during the tour of Hidaka Port New Energy Park. Many articles were written on the tour of the facilities taken by the ambassadors, the commemorative tree planting, and the ambassadors’ interaction with local elementary school students.


Luncheon hosted by Director-General of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

Luncheon hosted by Director-General of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

The ambassadors listen to an explanation of the exhibits at EE Park,

The ambassadors listen to an explanation of the exhibits at EE Park,


A commemorative picture being taken with Mr. Nikai, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

A commemorative picture being taken with Mr. Nikai, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry



参加者


-H. E. Mr. Reyad bin Ali Ahmed Al-Ansari
Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Japan

-H. E. Mr. Faisal bin Hassan bin Ahmed Trad
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Japan

-H. E. Mr. Saeed Ali Al-Nowais
Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Japan

-H. E. Dr. Khalil bin Ibrahim Hassan
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan

-H. E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Humood A.R. Al-Otaibi
Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan

-H. E. Mr. Khalid bin Hashil bin Mohammed Al-Muslahi
Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Japan



General Affairs Dept.

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