Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe is arriving here on the evening of August 27 as part of an official visit to the region that will also take him to Bahrain, Kuwait and Djibouti.
He will be accompanied by a big trade delegation comprising over 150 key Japanese businessmen from different sectors. At least 50 CEOs of top Japanese businesses will be part of Abe’s delegation, diplomatic sources told The Peninsula yesterday. He will leave for Tokyo on the night of August 28.
“He will be here for about 27-28 hours,” a source said.
“Diversifying and deepening relations” with Qatar, a key trade partner of Japan in the Middle East, are top on the agenda of talks between the two sides.
The focus will be on talks about Japanese investment in Qatar’s infrastructure development and Japanese companies taking part in development projects being launched ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup here.
Energy remains the most prominent area of cooperation between Doha and Tokyo, but there will also be emphasis on active cooperation in fields like agriculture and food security and medical technology.
Japanese companies from different sectors, including construction, have a massive presence in Qatar, with their number estimated at over 100. This is the second time Abe will be here on a visit, the first time being in 2007, when he was Japan’s premier. “He is Japan’s premier for the second time and this will be his second official visit here after 2007,” the source added. This is also his second visit to the Middle East in recent times, the first being in last May.
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