JAPAN’S Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Trinidad and Tobago on July 27 and 28, as part of a Latin American tour for talks with regional leaders.
Abe will meet with 14 regional heads in T&T to discuss ways to promote economic cooperation between Japan and the region.
Chief of Japan’s Cabinet, Secretary Yoshihide Suga, announced yesterday that Abe will embark on an 11-day tour from July 25 during which he will visit Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Chile and Brazil.
Abe is expected to deliver a speech on Japan’s Latin American policy in Brazil.
Suga said Latin America as a global manufacturing base and supplier of resources is increasingly important for the Japanese economy while its growing market and shared values make it a valuable partner for Japan.
Abe’s visit will help strengthen relations with each country in the region, Suga said.
Trinidad and Tobago and Japan are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations, which has included a visit from the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Training vessel, JS Kashima.
The ship docked on Monday at the Cruise Ship Complex in Port of Spain, following which the trainee officers toured the city and even tried their hands at playing the steelpan.