MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –
Source: Republic of Colombia
Bogotá (Oct. 8/20). In order to review the main issues on the bilateral agenda, the Director of Asia, Africa and Oceania, Alfredo Ramos, participated virtually in the fourth political dialogue meeting with the Director General for Latin America and the Caribbean of Japan, Teiji Hayashi.
During the meeting, in which the Ambassador of Colombia in Japan, Santiago Pardo, and the Ambassador of Japan in Colombia, Keiichiro Morishita, also participated, issues of financial cooperation, information and communication technologies, culture, education, and sport were addressed. , health (where the cooperation granted by Japan to address COVID-19 was highlighted) and in the implementation of the Final Agreement.
The meeting also allowed a discussion on tourism and options to facilitate the mobility of Colombian citizens to Japanese territory, as well as highlighting investment opportunities in Colombia in sectors such as infrastructure, renewable energy, industries 4.0, agribusiness and the orange economy. Likewise, the status of the negotiations of the Economic Association Agreement (EPA) and the processes of sanitary admissibility of Colombian products in the Japanese market were reviewed.
As part of the regional and multilateral agenda, Director Ramos mentioned that, during the Pro Tempore presidency of the Pacific Alliance, Colombia will join forces to strengthen relations with observer states (Japan has been since 2013) through economic cooperation And social. Likewise, he expressed Colombia’s interest in continuing its participation in the working groups of the Asia-Pacific Cooperation Forum (APEC).
Colombia and Japan established diplomatic relations in 1908. The previous three political dialogue meetings were held in Tokyo in 2016 and 2017, and in Bogotá in 2018.
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