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Japan-UAE Long-time Economic Ties Remain Robust With US$22.4bn Trade In 2020: Japanese Minister
By Binsal Abdulkader ABU DHABI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 23rd Feb, 2021) The United Arab Emirates is a long-time partner that has supported Japanese economy and society, and economic relations remain robust with US$22.4 billion bilateral trade in 2020, a top Japanese official told Emirates news Agency (WAM).
"As one of the most significant crude oil suppliers to Japan, the UAE is a very important partner that has supported our economy and society for a long time," Ejima Kiyoshi, Japanese State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), said in an email interview from Tokyo.
Robust economic relations Of the US$22.4 billion bilateral trade in 2020, exports from Japan to the UAE were pegged at $5.7 billion and imports from the UAE to Japan were worth $16.7 billion, he revealed.
Wide-ranging bilateral ties Apart from the energy sector, the UAE and Japan have cooperated in a wide range of fields, including medical care, education, industry and women's empowerment, the minister said.
As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE, and next year will be the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the UAE and Japan, "I sincerely hope that the friendly and cooperative relations between the UAE and Japan will be further developed in various fields," Ejima said.
Impact of COVID-19 Talking about the coronavirus pandemic, he said, "The crisis of COVID-19 with its enormous impact all over the world has drastically changed our lives and reminded us that energy is the foundation of all economic activities, including the use of digital technologies.
He emphasised that it is important to create a "virtuous circle of the economy and the environment" where proactive measures against global warming will lead to changes in the industrial structure and economy and lead to significant economic growth.
"The key to this virtuous cycle is breakthrough innovation," he affirmed.
Japanese green growth strategy At the end of last year, Japan formulated its Green Growth Strategy, which includes supporting policy measures to promote social deployment in 14 promising industries, including hydrogen, automobiles and storage batteries, and carbon recycling.
"In the future, Japan will actively cooperate and contribute to the international community by sharing our knowledge and experience to help countries make a realistic energy transition," he said.
The Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on fuel ammonia and carbon recycling between Japanese METI and ADNOC signed in January is the first step for the new cooperation between Japan and the UAE on green growth, Ejima added.