Bulgarian Prime Minister on official visit to Japan

Bulgarian Prime Minister on official visit to Japan

"The major goal of my visit to Japan is to strengthen the cooperation with the new government of the country, to present the enhanced opportunities given by Bulgaria as a trade and investment partner and to attract the interest of the Japanese business in our country," Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said during his address in Japan.

On the first night of his visit to Japan PM Borisov took part in a work dinner given by Shigetaro Asano, President of MEIJI Dairies Japanese Corporation, and company's adviser and the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria to Japan Hisashi Nakayama, the government's press office announced. The Bulgarian prime minister expressed his gratitude for the hearty welcome and said that he was happy to start his visit with a meeting with the management of MEIJI Dairies, which is a long-term friend and strategic business partner of Bulgaria.

The corporation has a leading role at the Japanese market of dairy products and in 1973 it started producing a yogurt under the brand named ‘Bulgaria' (Meiji Bulgaria Yoghurt). Nowadays it has 40% market share. PM Boyko Borisov also expressed his gratitude to Mr Nakayama for his contribution to the development of the economic ties and the cultural exchange between the two countries.

The official part of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s visit to Japan continues on Monday with a series of meetings with politicians and representatives of the business elite in Japan.The prime minister had an audience with Crown Prince Naruhito. The two have acknowledged the good relations between Bulgaria and Japan, and have discussed the perspectives for further development of the cooperation between the countries in the field of politics, economy and energy. The accent in the talks was put on the opportunities for cooperation in the field of new technologies and green energy, acknowledging Bulgaria’s goof strategic position and its EU membership. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has invited Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito on a visit to Bulgaria.

On Monday night, there will be a meeting between the Bulgarian prime minister and Japanese counterpart Naoto Kan. After that the two prime ministers will make short statements. During the day, Boyko Borisov is expected to meet with the Japan federation of economic organisations Nippon Keidanren. Then, Borisov will attend a work lunch hosted by Chihiro Kanagawa, Chairperson International Friendship Exchange Council (FEC).

The management of Toshiba Corporation will meet with the Bulgarian Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Traycho Traykov, while later on the corporation will host an official dinner to honour the Bulgarian prime minister. A couple of days ago world media announced that the company will build one of the biggest solar parks, which will be located in the Bulgarian town of Yambol. According to schedule, the project will be finalised in 2012.

In parallel to the meetings, the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association will sign an agreement. The business meetings of the Bulgarian delegation in Japan started right after the arrival, as the first one was with the management of the MEIJI Corporation.

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