Prime Minister: the aim of the visit is to consolidate cooperation ties with Japan

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2018 10 09

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Tarō Kōno and has discussed the development of bilateral relations and prospects for economic cooperation. 

‘Japan is the most important partner of Lithuania in Asa. We are delighted at the lasting friendly and mutually reliable relations. There is no doubt that the historic visit by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe to Lithuania gave extra momentum to the co-operation. The aim of my visit is to consolidate economic cooperation ties between Lithuania and Japan and to continue the significant political dialogue’, said the Prime Minister.      

The Head of Government has expressed his delight about the Agreement on the Working Holiday Programme with Japan, the coordination of which is being finalised by the authorities and which will come into effect as of 1 January 2019.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has attended the opening of Japan-Lithuania Business Forum and has presented areas for the potential economic cooperation.  

‘Lithuania is in favour of free international trade that is based on multilateral agreements. We invite the Japanese companies to make use of the highly favourable investment climate in Lithuania. You will find there a flexible labour market and highly-skilled experts fluent in several foreign languages. Let me emphasize that we will offer exceptional conditions for investment to each investor in Lithuania’, said Prime Minister Skvernelis.     

Four major areas for economic cooperation have been distinguished: life sciences, laser technologies, information and communications technology, and agri-food industry. 

In the meeting with President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Yasushi Akahoshi, the Prime Minister has thanked the President for the organization of Japan-Lithuania Business Forum and has expressed his conviction that it will add additional impetus to the bilateral economic relations, will build up significant contacts and will start new initiatives.