Mishal Kanoo Joins Top UAE Delegation for UAE-Japan Business Forum

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Mr. Mishal Kanoo delivers his keynote speech at the UAE-Japan Strategic Economic Partnership Forum held in Japan (PRNewsfoto/The Kanoo Group)

DUBAI, UAE: PRNewswire: Mr. Mishal Kanoo, Chairman of The Kanoo Group (UAE & Oman) participated in the “UAE-Japan Strategic Economic Partnership Forum” as part of a high-level delegation headed by the Minister of Economy H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, which was held in Tokyo, Japan on March 6-7, 2018.

H.E. Kosaburo Nishime, Japanese State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, welcomed the UAE delegation.

The recently concluded forum was attended by key UAE government entities and Japanese officials that included H.E. Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade Affairs; H.E. Khalid Omran Al Ameri, UAE Ambassador to Japan; and Mr. Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), together with senior management of select major public and private business sectors including The Kanoo Group.

In cooperation with the Department of Economic Development – Abu Dhabi and the UAE Embassy in Tokyo, the official mission was organised in line with the Ministry’s efforts to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries and to explore investments opportunities.

The program kick-started with a message about ‘The Impact of Abenomics on Japanese Economy and its Issues,’ addressed by Mr. Atsushi Nakajima, Chairman, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI). It was held at Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), a Japanese government-related organization that promotes mutually beneficial trade and investment relations between Japan and other nations.

The highlights of the mission consisted of business meetings, networking and match-making as well as arranged company meetings and site visits. These sessions aim to discuss ways to enhance mutual cooperation between the business sectors.

During the presentations of UAE companies, Mr. Mishal Kanoo delivered his keynote speech titled, “Learning from the Japanese Experience.” In his message, he stressed his admiration to the Japanese key attributes such as hard work, honesty, cleanliness, excellent work ethics and efficient environmental policies, among others, which are vital qualities towards partnership.

He also introduced The Kanoo Group and possible expansion opportunities. Furthermore, he gave emphasis on reinforcing The Kanoo Group’s partnership and economic relations with its Japanese affiliates. At present, The Kanoo Group is a joint venture partner of the Japanese giant, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd, one of the world’s largest global multimodal transportation companies.

One of the highlights of his trip was a meeting with Ms. Yuriko Koike who currently serves as the governor of Tokyo, the city’s first female governor, and previously the Minister of Defense in the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.

Additionally, Mr. Mishal Kanoo along with Mr. Mahmood Mian personally met Mr. Yoshiyasu Fujiwara, President of TLV Co. Ltd., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of steam engineering products. For over 20 years, Kanoo Oil & Gas, a member of The Kanoo Group has been representing TLV as one of its product principals.

Kanoo, as part of the UAE delegation visited the Tokyo Port, one of the largest Japanese seaports, and one of the largest seaports in the Pacific Ocean; the Mori Building Company, a Japanese leading property management firm established in 1955; and the FOODEX JAPAN 2018, Asia’s leading international food & beverage trade show, and other top Japanese firms.

Lastly, Mishal Kanoo expressed his desire for potential future partnerships in areas of development in various sectors/divisions of The Kanoo Group across the Middle East.

About The Kanoo Group:

Established in 1890, The Kanoo Group is one of the largest, independent, family-owned groups of companies in the Gulf region. It has diversified business industries in shipping, travel, machinery, engineering, logistics, property, oil & gas, power, industrial chemicals, training, joint ventures, retail and commercial activities, among others.