Sheikh Hamdan receives Japanese envoy

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, yesterday received Hiroshi Okuda, a special adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.

Okuda is visiting the UAE as the head of an official delegation. At the meeting at the Emirates Towers Sheikh Hamdan and Okuda discussed bilateral relations between the UAE and Japan and explored ways of building a strong friendship and fruitful cooperation in various fields.

They exchanged views on the vast opportunities for joint investment between Japan and UAE and emphasised the need for an exchange of expertise in a number of areas, particularly solar power and other forms of alternative energy.

And they stressed the importance of expanding trade and avenues of cooperation between the private sectors in both countries.

Okuda hailed the remarkable level of development and progress in the UAE. He said he hoped the coming years would see a strengthening of relations. (Wam)