Key forum in Malaga aims to strengthen ties between Spain and Japan

Delegates discuss globalisation on Thursday.
Delegates discuss globalisation on Thursday. / SUR
  • Some 120 delegates, including Japanese officials and decision makers, have been in the city for the event which is supported by cultural activities promoting Japan

The nineteenth Spain-Japan forum was held in Malaga this week. Some 120 delegates were in the city as it hosted the annual meeting between the two countries.

On Wednesday night local dignitaries officially welcomed the guests, which included the Japanese ambassador, with a reception and dinner just outside Malaga. The visitors were entertained by a verdiales traditional folk group.

The forum is seen as an important opportunity to strengthen economic ties with Japan, the world's third largest economy after the USA and China.

On Thursday delegates met at the city's Gran Hotel Miramar at a meeting entitled 'Globalisation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution'. At the event public and private sector representatives reflected on the current tensions between protectionism and free trade with companies like Fujitsu, Hitachi, Telefónica and Ficosa taking part.

The forum is celebrated annually, alternating between Japan and Spain. Each year a different city is chosen so that attendees can get to know more about different parts of the country.

“Thanks to this meeting, Malaga has put itself on the radar of those that have decision-making powers in Japan and who could, in the future, think of the city for an investment,” said the secretary general of the Spain-Japan foundation.

The official agenda of this week's forum has been supported by a programme of cultural events across the provincial capital, some of which run to 3 November.

Activities including exhibitions and food tastings have been arranged.

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