06 jul 2017
At La Zarzuela Palace

H.M. King Felipe VI gives audience to CEOE’s president and a delegation from the Japanese Employer ‘s Federation Nippon Keidanren

Following the hearing, a business meeting was held at CEOE to discuss the negotiations of the EU-Japan economic agreement and access to third markets.

H.M. King Felipe VI gave audience at La Zarzuela Palace to CEOE’s president, Juan Rosell and a delegation from the Japanese business organization (CEOE’s counterpart), Nippon Keidanren, whose participants included the Chairman of Keidanren’s Committee for Europe, Yoshio Sato and the Japanese Ambassador to Spain, Masashi Mizukami. Following the hearing, a business meeting was held at the headquarters of CEOE to discuss the negotiations of the EU-Japan economic agreement, the experiences of Spanish and Japanese companies in both countries and access to third markets.

H.M. King Felipe VI gives audience to CEOE and Keidanren
H.M. King Felipe VI gives audience to CEOE and Keidanren

Audience

Juan Rosell highlighted that CEOE works very closely with its Japanese counterpart, Nippon Keidanren, within the IOE and on the OECD Business and Industrial Advisory Committee (BIAC), as well as with BUSINESSEUROPE, in all aspects relating to economic and trade relations between the EU and Japan. Rosell said that the initiative of the Japanese delegation to Spain came about at the bilateral meeting held by CEOE and Nippon Keidanren last April in the Asian country, on the occasion of the trip of His Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, who were joined by an important Spanish business delegation.

The president of CEOE explained that over that day and the following, in Madrid and Barcelona, ​​the Japanese business mission led by the president of Keidanren’s Committee for Europe, Yoshio Sato, would hold meetings with the main institutions and general business meetings in both cities. "The main objective is to identify new joint opportunities in third countries, to analyse the negotiations of the free trade agreement between the EU and Japan and to exchange business experiences in the respective markets," he said.

The president of Keidanren’s Committee for Europe, Yoshio Sato, said that the Japanese delegation was made up of thirty representatives from the country's eighteen largest companies. He also pointed out that Japan and Spain will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic and trade relations in 2018 and that CEOE, in close collaboration with Keidanren, would make every effort to further strengthen the economic ties between the two countries.

Japan's ambassador to Spain, Masashi Mizukami, emphasized that bilateral relations are being strengthened year after year. In this regard, he mentioned that on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Spain, in 2018, there would be several commemorative activities organized jointly by institutions and public-private entities, to which they hoped H.M. King Felipe VI would attend.

Business Meeting Spain-Japan

Following the royal hearing, the Japanese delegation held a business meeting at CEOE’s headquarters to discuss the negotiations of the future EU-Japan economic agreement, as well as the experiences of Spanish and Japanese companies in both countries and cooperation in third markets.

The meeting was opened by the vice president of CEOE and president of the International Relations Commission, Joaquim Gay de Montellà; the ICEX’s executive director of “Invest in Spain”, José Carlos García de Quevedo; the director general of Spain’s Chamber of Commerce, Inmaculada Riera; the chairman of Keidanren’s Committee for Europe, Yoshio Sato; and the Japanese ambassador to Spain, Masashi Mizukami.

EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement

The vice-president of CEOE expressed his satisfaction with the statement made today by the EU and Japan, announcing the conclusion of the trade negotiations of the EU-Japan free trade agreement. However, there are still technical aspects that should be outlined in the coming months.

The president of CEOE’s Asian Committee, Tomás González, and his counterpart in Keidanren’s Subcommittee on Planning and Coordination of the Committee for Europe and vice-president of Hitachi, Akira Shimizu, talked about this issue in more depth. In turn, Mitsubishi Spain’s president, Kiyoshi Azuma, discussed possible bilateral business cooperation in both markets and representatives of major Spanish and Japanese companies spoke of their experience in both countries. Finally, the event was closed by the Director General of Casa Asia (Asian House), Ramon Maria Moreno.