By Harry Tamrazian in Prague
A five-day trade exhibition devoted to the South Caucasus opened in Tokyo on Monday with the participation of the Armenian, Azerbaijani and Georgian foreign ministers. The event is sponsored by JETRO, a Japanese trade organization promoting oversees investments.
Foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia opening joint trade exhibition in Tokyo
The exhibition, attended by Japan’s former prime minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, features production of some 135 companies from the three South Caucasian states -- including Armenian brandy, Azerbaijani caviar and Georgian wine.
JETRO said earlier this month that it wants to support the efforts by the three ex-Soviet countries to promote private businesses and to increase the competitiveness of their export products. It also expressed hope that the first joint display of Armenian, Azerbaijani and Georgian goods will strengthen peace in the region.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Armenian Foreign Minister praised the Japanese government for its “balanced policy” on the Caucasus, which he said promotes regional stability. He also praised official Tokyo for its regular financial assistance to Armenia, according to the foreign ministry in Yerevan.
The Japanese government is due to hold separate seminars on ways of promoting bilateral ties with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in the course of this week.
According to JETRO, a wide variety of handouts and other material will be distributed during the exhibition. Panel displays and video presentations will introduce the countries and their investment climates.