Tokyo, 2 March 2018 – As a first step following yesterday's meeting between the Kosovo Foreign Minister (FM) Behgjet Pacolli and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Tokyo, Japan’s note verbale bringing good news to Kosovo citizens was received today.
Japan immediately accepted Pacolli's request that visas to Kosovars who want to travel to Japan be issued at the Japanese Embassy in Tirana.
This is a significant relief for the citizens of Kosovo, bearing in mind that so far visas have been issued at the Japanese Embassy in Vienna.
During yesterday’s meeting, the Japanese side promised to take into consideration the request of Kosovo's chief diplomat for visa-free regime if the European Union withdraws visas for Kosovars in the near future.
Meanwhile, the second day of the visit of the Kosovo FM, who is also the First Deputy Prime Minister of the country’s government, to Tokyo, accompanied by the Minister of Economic Development, Valdrin Lluka, focused on economic cooperation with Japan, one of the three most developed economies in the world and among the world's leading donors.
The two ministers met with Kazuhiko Koshikawa, Executive Senior Vice President at JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), Tadashi Maeda, Executive Managing Director at JBIC (Japanese Bank of International Cooperation), Kenichiro Ueno, State Minister of Finance, and Shunichi Suzuki, Minister in Charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
During these meetings, Pacolli invited Japanese investors to come to Kosovo, a country of opportunities and great facilities for entrepreneurs, close to the European market of 500 million.
“You have helped us in our most difficult moments. Today, we want Japanese companies to produce their goods in Kosovo, in cooperation with Kosovars,” said Pacolli.
Further, Pacolli reiterated the willingness of the Government of Kosovo to establish a free economic zone available to Japanese entrepreneurs. He sought assistance from Japanese aid agencies and the main Bank of International Cooperation for establishing agri-food platforms, high quality vocational schools, and so on.
On the other hand, his Japanese interlocutors promised a new level of cooperation with Kosovo and that they would work in the areas suggested by Pacolli.
During today’s morning, in the premises of the Meiji Center, Minister Lluka presented before a group of entrepreneurs interested to invest in Kosovo the legal and financial facilities provided in the country, as well as answered their questions.
At noon, a reception was held to mark the tenth anniversary of Kosovo’s independence for Japanese senior authorities, Kosovo's friends in the country's institutions, Deputy FM Mori and over 20 ambassadors from different countries, some of which have not recognized Kosovo. Distinguished guests, as well as Pacolli and Kosovo’s Ambassador to Japan Leon Malazogu, spoke at the reception.