Investment and Technology Transfer under COVID-19

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has affected countries globally and slowed down development activities to a great extent. The pandemic has also highlighted the need to further accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in UNIDO’s recipient countries. Despite the pandemic, the Government of Japan, in cooperation with UNIDO, continues to assist partner countries, in particular in mobilizing investment and technologies from Japan’s private sector.

    Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, UNIDO’s Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Tokyo has switched its activities virtually to promote online seminars, delegate programmes for investment promotion, B2Bs/business matching, and has also undertaken a special programme, funded by the Government of Japan, to demonstrate selected sustainable technologies from 13 Japanese companies on sanitization and hygiene in 12 recipient countries.

    This online event will attest to the results achieved under and in response to the pandemic through case studies and success stories about investment and technology promotion from Japan, through UNIDO, to partner countries.

  • 2 July 2021; 10:00-11:45 (CEST)

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  • Japanese - English - French (simultaneous interpretation)

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    Mr. Gelegen/ Ms. Horiguchi, UNIDO ITPO Tokyo

    E-mail: itpo.tokyo@unido.org

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Biographies of the Speakers

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  • HIKIHARA Takeshi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations based in Vienna, is a career diplomat of Japan. He has rich experience in development cooperation as former Ambassador of Japan in Lao People's Democratic Republic (2015-2019), and was successful in expanding bilateral and B2B cooperation between t... Read More

    Mr. Hiroshi Kuniyoshi is the Deputy to the Director General and a Managing Director of UNIDO since April 2017. In April 1984, he joined the Government of Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now known as METI), where he planned and implemented a variety of industrial and technology policies. In August 2006, Mr. Kuniyoshi was ... Read More

  • Mr. Kai Bethke, born in Berlin (Germany), studied business administration and economics in Nuremberg and Berlin (Germany). He received his doctorate with a thesis on development- oriented finance and monetary policy in Latin America after the debt crisis of the 1980s. Throughout his career as an economic development expert, he has been contributing... Read More

  • Mr. Hiroshi Kuniyoshi is the Deputy to the Director General and a Managing Director of UNIDO since April 2017. In April 1984, he joined the Government of Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now known as METI), where he planned and implemented a variety of industrial and technology policies. In August 2006, Mr. Kuniyoshi was ... Read More

    YOSHIDA Aya

    Director of the Global Issues Cooperation Division
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

    Ms. Aya Yoshida is Director of the Global Issues Cooperation Division, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan. A career diplomat, she is currently in charge of facilitating international cooperation for sustainable development. Her primary coverage includes implementing SDGs, Disaster Risk Reduction, education, gender, and Innovative Finance... Read More

    OHTA Mineko

    Director of the Technical Cooperation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau
    Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan

    Ms. Mineko Ohta is Director of the Technical Cooperation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan, since May 2021. Previously at METI, she has served as Director of the APEC Office; Director of the Global Industrial Policy Office; Director of the Policy Planning and Research Office; ... Read More

    Mr. Yuko Yasunaga is Head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Investment and Technology Promotion Office in Tokyo, a position he has held since 2017. Before joining UNIDO, he has had an extensive career with Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), with expertise in natural resources and industrial scie... Read More

    GÓMEZ Juan Camilo

    Commercial Counsellor and Head of the Commercial Section of the Embassy of Colombia in Japan
    Embassy of Colombia in Japan

    Mr. Juan Camilo Gómez is the Commercial Counsellor and Head of the Commercial Section of the Embassy of Colombia in Japan since January 2021. In this position he also represents PROCOLOMBIA in Japan. Earlier he served in various positions in the private sector in Colombia such as Vice President of Citibank’s Global Assurance Hub; Vice President of ... Read More

    Mr. Kentaro Abe is the founder and CEO of Kaori International Japan Co., Ltd. The company provides technology solutions including design and engineering of water/wastewater treatment plants and sales of wastewater purification agent. With his original background in Central Asia, Mr. Abe received higher education both in China and Japan. He had busi... Read More

    HAYDAROV Kurshid

    Counselor on Trade and Economic Affairs
    Embassy of Uzbekistan in Tokyo

    Mr. Khurshid Haydarov is Counselor on Trade and Economic Affairs, the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Tokyo since November 2016, currently in charge of development of trade and investment cooperation between Uzbekistan and Japan. After two years of work at the Institute for Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research of Uzbekistan, Mr. Haydarov joined the Mini... Read More

    Ms. Aïssatou Ndiaye is Advisor in Senegal at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Investment and Technology Promotion Office, Tokyo, since 2019. She facilitates business relations and partnerships between Japan and Senegal, and also covers French speaking west African countries. Earlier she has served in various private s... Read More

    SUGIURA Kyoji

    Director of the Overseas Divisio
    CHUWA INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION

    Mr. Kyoji Sugiura is the Director of the Overseas Division in Chuwa Industrial Co., Ltd. since April 2019. Before joining Chuwa, he worked as a manager of a sports and outdoor activities group and a marketing group in YKK Co., Ltd., one of the world's largest zipper manufacturer in Japan. Throughout his career, Mr. Sugiura has been widely engaging ... Read More

    H.E. Mr. Gorgui Ciss is Ambassador of Senegal in Japan since 2018, with accreditation to Australia and New Zealand. Prior to assuming the current position, he served as Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations from 2015 to 2018 and particularly to the UN Security Council during Senegal’s term as non-permanent mem... Read More

    KAWAMURA Mio

    Chief of Sales Section
    TSP Taiyo, Inc.

    Ms. Mio Kawamura is Chief of Sales Section at TSP Taiyo Inc. She has been in charge of planning and construction of event venues since 2003. Based on her experience in building temporary event facilities, she became involved in emergency restoration projects in the areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake off the Pacific coast of Japan. Also, s... Read More

    MAKATETO George

    Director of Industries, Engineering and Construction Industries
    Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, Kenya

    Mr. George Makateto is the Director of Industries, Engineering and Construction Industries at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives in Kenya since 2018. His responsibilities include management of industrial policies including automotive, motor cycles, constructions and scrap metals. Earlier Mr. Makateto served as Deputy Director Producti... Read More

    GONG Weixi

    Chief of the Investment and Technology Promotion Division and Coordinator, Investment and Technology Promotion Network
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Mr. Weixi Gong is Chief of the Investment and Technology Promotion Division and Coordinator, Investment and Technology Promotion Network, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), since 2019. Prior to this position, he served as Senior Coordinator for South-South and Triangular Industrial Cooperation, and various other positions a... Read More