On January 14, 2016, H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Panama, held important meetings to promote the country as the Hub of Americas, in the context of his Official Mission to Japan
First, the Vice-Minister participated in a lunch offered by Mr. Koji Shibata, Senior Vice-President of Strategic Planning-Asia Pacific of ANA Holdings Inc., and later met Mr. Osamu Shinobe, President of All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA), and Mr. Shuichi Fujimura, Executive Vice President of ANA, with whom he reiterated the interest of Panama of establishing a direct flight with Tokyo.
In addition, the Vice-Minister held a meeting with Mr. Tatsuhiro Shindo, Executive Vice President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). He conveyed his gratitude to Mr. Shindo for the support of the organization to promote the products of Panama, through the International Food and Beverage Exhibition, called FOODEX, as well as the support for the Panama investment seminars, held in Tokyo.
During the meeting, the Vice-Minister also informed about the Panamanian government’s five-year investment plan, which includes the Metro Line-3 of Panama, and called for the participation of Japanese companies in different infrastructure projects of Panama.
In the bilateral meeting with H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, several issues were discussed. The Vice-Minister Hincapie expressed his satisfaction with the excellent relations between both governments and reiterated the invitation from President Varela to the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, to participate in the Inaugural Ceremony of the expanded Canal.
Furthermore, they discussed about the agreement of visa exception, that has been under negotiations between both countries during several years. The Vice-Minister Hincapie asked Mr. Kikawada for his support to advance this issue in order to conclude it successfully in the near future.
The Vice-Minister closed the official agenda in Tokyo with a courtesy visit to Mr. Hidetoshi Irigaki, Vice-President of Japan Internacional Cooperation Agency (JICA), to whom he expressed his sincere gratitude for the great effort of JICA staffs in order to advance the project of the Metro Line-3 with the international cooperation of the Japanese government.
During this visit, Vice-Minister Hincapie was accompanied by H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, H.E. Analuisa Bustamante, Director-General of Foreign Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, H.E. Roberto Zuñiga, Director General of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, Ms. Nicole Wong, Chief of Staff of the Vice Minister’s Cabinet and Mr. David De Leon, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Panama in Japan.
- From left：H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Panama、Mr. Osamu Shinobe, President of All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA)
- Participants in the meeting with All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. and ANA Holdings Inc.
- Meeting with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
- From left：Mr. Tatsuhiro Shindo, Executive Vice President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)、Vice-Minister Hincapie
- Vice-Minister Hincapie, exchanging opinions with H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan
- From left：Vice-Minister Hincapie、Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kikawada