Gozitan entrepreneurs explore the Japanese market following EPA

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Gozitan entrepreneurs explore the Japanese market following EPADoing Business with Japan, was the title of a seminar organised by the Gozo Business Chamber in collaboration with the Malta-Japan Chamber of Commerce.

Following the finalisation of the negotiations in December last year between the EU and Japan on an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), this seminar was held in order to better equip Gozitan enterprises about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead of this historical agreement.

The closing address was given by the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, who remarked that diplomatic relations between the two countries date back more than fifty years and has continued to deepen and flourish over the course of time.

Dr Caruana added that, this Economic Partnership Agreement – the first of this kind – will see how two economic giants move closer together and collaborate in economic, cultural and social aspects

The Minister stated that with this agreement, more than 600 million people can benefit from the advantages it offers, not least the Gozitan entrepreneurs who are always in search of new horizons.

Dr Caruana said that the country enjoys strong relations with Japan which could be further strengthened through cultural and artistic initiatives, thereby paving the way for other opportunities.

She remarked that even Gozo is benefiting, with an increasing number of Japanese tourists who are choosing this island for a holiday.

“This is because like Japan, our country is endowed with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Although both countries are geographically far apart, there are some things that are common to both: the willingness of cooperation and an appetite for success,” said Minister Caruana.

The Minister for Gozo congratulated those Gozitan enterprises that are already exporting their products to the Japanese market, and encouraged other companies to also explore this market which offers such great opportunities.

The Minister for Gozo concluded by saying that, “it is the opportune time to take this step and benefit from the agreement which has entered into force and which is an advantage for both sides.

Joseph Grech President of the Gozo Business Chamber opened the seminar and in an intervention by Ms. Saeko Tani Economic Attaché – Embassy of Japan in Rome, she spoke about the EPA and its impact on Gozitan Enterprises.

A number of local successful entrepreneurs that are already doing business with Japan shared their experiences with the companies that were present.

Photograph: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri

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