Bulgarian PM Arrives in Japan on Strategic Trip

Diplomacy | January 22, 2011, Saturday // 10:19|  views

Bulgaria's PM Boyko Borisov has pinned high hopes on his four-day official visit to Japan. Photo by BGNES

A large official Bulgarian delegation headed by PM Boyko Borisov arrived in Tokyo Saturday morning.

The visit is hoped to boost the traditionally good Bulgarian-Japanese relations, and in particular to attract major investments to Bulgaria.

The official program of the visit will begin Sunday in the ancient Japanese capital of Kamakura, and will continue until Wednesday.

Borissov is scheduled to confer with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the Chairman of Nippon Keidanren Hiromasa Yonekura and the management of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

The Bulgarian PM is accompanied by Ministers of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Mladenov, of Energy and Economy Traicho Traikov, of Culture Vezhdi Rashidov, and of Agriculture Miroslav Naydenov, who will meet their Japanese counterparts.

Some of the crucial aspects of the Bulgarian-Japanese relations in 2011 will be the economy and the investments in Bulgaria's industry and private sector, commented Japanese ambassador to Sofia Makoto Ito.

In a statement, the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, whose representatives are also traveling to Japan, expressed strong interest in drawing "sustainable and permanent" Japanese investments to Bulgaria.

Friday Japanese leading daily Nikkei published information that Toshiba and Tokyo Electric Power will set up a local joint venture with the Japanese government to build one of the world's largest solar power stations in Bulgaria.

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Tags: investments, Japan, Boyko Borisov, Nikolay Mladenov, Traicho Traikov, Vezhdi Rashidov, Miroslav Naydenov, solar energy, Naoto Kan


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