President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed several
officials of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) during a
courtesy call at Malacañang’s Music Room on Thursday.
JETRO is an independent
government agency established to promote trade and investment
between Japan and other countries.
The President received JETRO
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hiroyuki Ishige, JETRO Senior
Coordinator Seiya Sukegawa, Executive Director Tomohiro Ando, and
Tetsuro Amano, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Japanese
On the Philippine side, present were Department of
Trade Undersecretary Nora Terrado, and the Department of Foreign
Affairs’ Assistant Secretary Hellen Barber dela Vega, and Special
Assistant Marcos Punsalang.
Last year, JETRO lauded the
Philippines for outpacing its Southeast Asian neighbors in
attracting Japanese investments, citing robust economic development.
The agency projected that the
interest of Japanese companies to invest in the country will remain
at a “high level” in the coming years.
Established in Osaka in 1951,
JETRO assists foreign companies in investing and expanding
businesses in Japan.
The agency provides a wide
range of services, such as business development support, effective
marketing strategy, and relevant business events that would attract
new business to invest in Japan.
It also provides information
on laws and regulations regarding new business operations to help
companies expand their businesses. PND (jb)
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