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Invitation Program – WTO: Mr. Alejandro Jara, Deputy Director-General [September 27-October 2, 2010]

Invitation Program - WTO:
Mr. Alejandro Jara, Deputy Director-General


Outline


In this program, IIST invited WTO Deputy Director-General Jara to Japan so that he could explain his ideas about the present state of multilateral trade, the future role of the WTO, and other topics, deepen his understanding of Japan’s position in current trade matters by engaging in discussions with Japanese experts on international trade and senior officials at ministries and agencies involved in WTO negotiations, and build human networks with Japanese counterparts.

Dates: September 27 (Monday) - October 2 (Saturday)
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Supported by: Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI)


Invited parson


Mr. Alejandro Jara, Deputy Director-General of WTO


Visited places


-Institute for International Studies and Training
Orientation Meeting, Chaired by Mr. Koichiro Akatsu, Vice President & Managing Director, IIST

-Meeting with Prof. Masahisa Fujita, President and CRO, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)

-Presentation at RIETI's BBL Seminar

-Meeting with Mr. Michitaka Nakatomi, President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

-Nippon Keidanren

-Meeting with Mr. Hideichi Okada, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

-Meeting with Mr. Yagi, Director-General, Economic Affairs Bureau at Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

-Meeting with Mr.Maasto Kitera, Deputy Vice-Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
-Meeting with WTO experts from academia and industries

-"Nihon Ki-in", Japan Go Association

-Meeting with Mr. Masanori SATO, Director-General, Fisheries Agency / Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)

-Ambassador of Canada

-Nishijin Textile Industrial Association

-Site visit to some world cultural heritage sites and others

-Site visit to "Chionin Temple" and "Sanjusangen-do"

-Wakayama Castle

-Welcomed by Mayor of Kainan City, Mr. Masami JINDE

-"Shiotsu" Community Center, Kainan City

Overview


In Tokyo, Deputy Director-General Jara gave lectures and held discussions at a Brown Bag Lunch Seminar hosted by the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) and at the Nippon Keidanren (a meeting on services trade liberalization negotiations) and attended meetings with WTO experts arranged in cooperation with the Fair Trade Center. Mr. Jara engaged in discussions on such topics as the present state and issues of the multilateral trade system and the future role of the WTO. He also exchanged opinions with senior officials of ministries and agencies involved in international trade , such as the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries. In Kyoto Mr. Jara deepened his understanding of Japanese traditional crafts and culture, and in Wakayama Prefecture, with the cooperation of the Fisheries Agency, Wakayama Prefecture, and Kainan City, where he visited a fishing port and observed the present state of a Japanese fishing community.

In this program, Deputy Director-General Jara had individual meetings with more than 20 senior officials and experts from industrial, academic, and government circles. In addition, he was able to exchange views with more than 100 people through the RIETI BBL Seminar, theNippon Keidanren, at Fair Trade Center, and other events.
Mr. Jara was able to build networks with senior government officials through cross-sectional discussions with departments involved in WTO negotiations at such ministries as METI, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. In Wakayama Prefecture, his observation of present conditions in a fishing community, was no doubt useful in deepening his understanding of Japan’s position relating to WTO negotiations on fishery subsidies discipline.


Speaking at the RIETI BBL Seminar

Speaking at the RIETI BBL Seminar

Meeting at the Nippon Keidanren

Meeting at the Nippon Keidanren


Lunch meeting with WTO experts

Lunch meeting with WTO experts

Visit to the Nihon Ki-in

Visit to the Nihon Ki-in


Visit to the Nishijin Textile Center in Kyoto

Visit to the Nishijin Textile Center in Kyoto

 Observing fishing communities in Kainan City, Wakayama Prefecture

Observing fishing communities in Kainan City, Wakayama Prefecture




International Exchange Dept.

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