Japan Minister for Foreign Affairs visits Masdar
Minister reaffirms Japan's tie-up with Abu Dhabi
Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs His Excellency Mr. Koichiro Gemba has visited Masdar, meeting with Masdar officials to discuss ways the two nations can continue to grow their cooperation in the advancement, development and dissemination of renewable energy and clean technologies.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs was received by Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, who provided His Excellency with a comprehensive overview of the company’s progress in developing scalable and commercially viable renewable energy and clean technologies. In addition, his Excellency was updated on the progress of ongoing relationships between Masdar and Japanese companies.
Masdar is currently collaborating with various Japanese companies. Most notably, Masdar is working closely with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on an electric vehicle pilot project. As the Middle East’s first electric-vehicle car sharing pilot, the project deployed 10 electric vehicles to operate within Masdar City – and broader Abu Dhabi – to provide a smart, clean transportation system to its residents, staff and students.
Minister for Foreign Affairs His Excellency Mr Koichiro Gemba, said: “Masdar serves as a reminder that through strong leadership and vision, nations can commit to innovation as a pathway to address some of the most pressing issues the world faces. I applaud the UAE for its role and focus to discover a blueprint for sustainable development and the development and dissemination of renewable energy. We look forward to further strengthening our relationship through collaborations in that field.”
Masdar has existing partnerships with other leading Japanese corporations, such as Mitsubishi Holding, Mitsui Holding companies, GE Japan, Nippon Oil and Cosmo Oil, among others.
The relationship between the two countries also extends into the field of higher education. Most recently, two Emirati students completed their PhD programs at the Tokyo Institute of Technology before being re-instated at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology – the world’s first graduate level research driven institute focusing specifically on renewable energy and sustainable technologies.
“Our strong relationship with Japan is a testament to the visionary leadership of the UAE,” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar. “Masdar is proud of its role in helping position the UAE as a renewable energy hub, and in forging strong partnerships with the international community. We are honored to welcome the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and look forward to further strengthening our ties with one of the world’s most advanced, innovative countries.”