Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s recent visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has resulted in a strategic alliance between the two countries, focused on technology collaboration and climate change initiatives.

As part of his tour to ensure energy security and promote green technology, Kishida met with Emirati President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The Japan-UAE innovation partnership, a key outcome of the meeting, aims to accelerate energy security and foster collaboration in chip and battery technology. Japan’s foreign ministry issued a statement highlighting the establishment of this framework for cooperation and investment between the two nations.

Additionally, both leaders affirmed their commitment to combat climate change by adopting a joint statement on climate action. They reaffirmed their shared vision of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and recognized the importance of clean hydrogen and its derivatives, such as ammonia, in facilitating the global energy transition.

During their discussions, the leaders also explored a comprehensive strategic partnership and signed multiple agreements across various sectors, reinforcing the ties between the UAE and Japan. Kishida is scheduled to attend a Japan-UAE business forum before continuing his tour to Qatar, a major gas-producer, on Tuesday.

As Japan actively develops greener and renewable energy technologies with a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, Kishida aims to promote Japanese expertise in energy production as countries worldwide pledge to transition towards net zero emissions. This effort is especially crucial ahead of the COP28 climate summit scheduled for November in Dubai.

Prior to his UAE visit, Kishida stopped in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, where both nations affirmed their commitment to securing oil supplies for Japan. They also expressed their intent to collaborate on clean hydrogen, ammonia, and recycled carbon fuels. Furthermore, Kishida and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled the “Manar” initiative, designed to assist countries globally in achieving their net zero targets.

The Japanese foreign ministry announced the launch of a new strategic dialogue between Japan and Saudi Arabia at the ministerial level, aimed at strengthening political, diplomatic, and security exchanges between the two countries.

Looking ahead, Japan and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comprising Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain, plan to resume talks on a free trade agreement in 2024. While no specific timeline has been set, the intention is to revitalize trade discussions that were previously suspended in 2009.

Japan heavily relies on the secure energy supply from the UAE, with the country being the largest importer of oil and gas products from the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), accounting for approximately 25% of Japan’s crude oil imports.

In a statement published by UAE state news agency WAM, Kishida acknowledged that the UAE’s steadfast energy support has contributed significantly to Japan’s economic growth.

Throughout his visit, Kishida aims to engage in discussions on energy markets while offering Japanese technologies to facilitate the global transition towards net zero emissions. This collaborative effort seeks to drive sustainable growth and address the challenges posed by climate change.


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