Prime Minister: Lithuania’s ambition is to become the most attractive destination for life sciences in Europe

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2018 10 10

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has attended the 20th biotechnology exhibition BioJapan 2018 and has delivered a welcome address to the participants of the event.  

BioJapan is the biggest exhibition not only in Japan but in the entire Asia. It is Asia’s premier partnering event for the global biotechnology industry. BioJapan has played an important role in facilitating interaction between Japanese and global companies and stimulating new business opportunities for almost two decades. This year, 1700 participants have gathered to the event, including 18 Lithuanian life sciences industry companies. It is expected that all parts of the three-day event will be attended by 15 thousand of visitors.

The Prime Minister has noted that biotechnology sector can reach its greatest potential through Lithuania’s cooperation with Japan. He has also stressed that an opportunity to speak at BioJapan exhibition is considered as recognition of the life sciences sector of Lithuania.  

‘Lithuania is not a big state, yet life sciences is among its fastest growing industries. We give much attention to research and development. We are proud to have excellent scientists in the field. Lithuania’s ambition is to become the most attractive destination for the development of life sciences in Europe. Our target is a 5 per cent share of life sciences industry in Lithuania’s total value added in 2030’, said the Head of Government.

The Prime Minister has highlighted the very close cooperation with the life sciences industry of Japan. He has noted that the recent visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe to Lithuania gave extra momentum to the co-operation. The Prime Minister has emphasized favourable investment climate in Lithuania and opening of the EU markets, and has offered to see the Lithuanian companies’ stand at the exhibition.  

The Prime Minister has also met with Mayor of Yokohama Fumiko Hayashi and Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture Yūji Kuroiwa. The Head of Government has paid a visit to the Kamakura Cemetery and laid flowers at the grave of prominent Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara.