List of Progress and Future Objectives in the Priority Areas of Cooperation
During the 29th meeting of the Canada-Japan Joint Economic Committee (JEC) held on December 10, 2019, in Toronto, the delegations noted the following areas of progress, future objectives, and outcomes under the Priority Areas of Cooperation.
- Progress on LNG and other energy infrastructure projects that contribute to Japan’s energy security while generating economic prosperity for both countries.
- The new Memorandum of Cooperation in the Field of Energy, signed in June 2019, covering the energy transition, oil and gas, renewable energy, energy efficiency, hydrogen, nuclear energy, and carbon capture usage and storage between Natural Resources Canada and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the establishment of the Canada-Japan Energy Policy Dialogue, with a first meeting expected in early 2020.
- The potential for increased trade and investment, supported by Canadian minerals and metals, to grow alternative energy value chains between Canada and Japan, and fuel the transition to clean growth.
- Significant investments in infrastructure that supports Canada-Japan trade, in particular the Government of Canada’s $2 billion dollar investment in the National Trade Corridors Fund.
- Further cooperation on environment-friendly infrastructure developments by Canada and Japan to promote our Asia-Pacific economic ties while welcoming the participation of Canadian and Japanese companies in infrastructure projects.
- Canada and Japan’s continuing collaboration in the work of the Building Experts and the Japan Agricultural Standards Technical Committees in the areas of forest products and architectural services.
Science and Technology
- Accelerating dialogue between Canada's National Research Council and Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization to encourage both business and research sectors to collaborate in technology development and commercialization.
- The opening of the National Research Council’s Japan Office and its potential to facilitate research and development collaboration between innovative Canadian and Japanese organizations, both public and private.
- The establishment of Global Affairs Canada’s Canadian Technology Accelerator in Japan to foster strategic partnerships between Japanese corporations and investors and Canadian tech companies.
- Two-way investments in artificial intelligence to further develop the bilateral relationship in this and other innovative fields.
- Ongoing and future possibilities for bilateral scientific research related to earthquakes, tsunamis, and remote sensing science.
Tourism and Youth Exchanges
- Efforts to promote bilateral student exchanges by exploring opportunities arising from Canada’s new International Education Strategy.
- Canada and Japan’s shared commitment to increasing bilateral tourism, including through Destination Canada’s ongoing commitment to the Japanese market.
- Promoting efforts to enhance youth mobility, including through the working holiday programs under the Canada-Japan Youth Mobility Arrangement, managed in Canada by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
- Efforts to encourage youth exchanges such as through the Japan Exchange and Teaching program and working holiday program.
Improving the Business Environment and Promoting Investment
- The benefits for businesses of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the opportunities to advance cooperation through CPTPP working groups, and shared support for the rules-based multilateral trading system.
- Canada and Japan’s shared interest in proactively addressing the threat of African Swine Fever to pigs and the pork industry and to continued collaboration in this effort between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).
- Encourage increased collaboration on two-way investment promotion that leverages the Memorandum of Cooperation between Invest in Canada and JETRO.
- The upcoming meeting of the Japan-Canada Chambers Council and other business missions.
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