On March 17 – 23, 2019, the Workshop on Investment Promotion for experts of GUAM Member States within GUAM-Japan cooperation was held in Japan. Representatives of the state institutions of the GUAM countries, as well as the Program Coordinator of the GUAM Secretariat, took part in the workshop.

The participants visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan where they made presentations on the topic of encouraging investments in the GUAM Member States and discussed with experts from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) the current state, as well as state policy on the development of the investment climate. In addition, the Sides exchanged views on the investment opportunities of the GUAM countries during the panel organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Tokyo Office of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Japan Association for Trade with Russia & NIS (ROTOBO).

For familiarizing with Japan’s experience in investment promotion, the separate meeting was also held with representatives of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) during which investment examples and existing legal norms were discussed.

During the visit, participants visited Innovation Hub and Knowledge Capital in Osaka, as well as the KOBE Biomedical Innovation Cluster and the logistics company Kamigumi. In addition, the workshop participants saw the sights of Tokyo and Kyoto.

The experience gained by the participants during the workshop can be used in new GUAM-Japan projects on encouraging investments.