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  • 13 - May
  • 2024

Japan-Middle East Strategic Dialogue Conference Kicks off at UJ

​The first edition of the Strategic Dialogue Conference between Japan and the Middle East, organised by the Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the University of Jordan (UJ) and the Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) at the University of Tokyo, kicked off at UJ on Sunday.

With an aims to focus on the future of Japanese relations with the countries of the region, the event discuss topics including economic and regional integration, technology transfer and development, as well as building security policies.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, UJ President Prof. Nathir Obeidat said the conference constitutes a "solid" foundation in Jordanian-Japanese relations, as the two countries' ties have always been "governed by values of respect and stability and constituted a model" in this regard.

Obeidat also noted bilateral relations are a "unique" model in terms of their "philosophy, components, and implementation mechanism."

Obeidat said conviction is "steadily" increasing in Jordan that education, research, innovation and creativity are the Kingdom’s path to "true" development, economic growth, and sustainability.

The UJ, he affirmed, hopes Japan will help Jordan create an environment and infrastructure capable of advancing scientific research and convince industry and business owners to engage in partnerships.

Japanese Ambassador to Amman, Jiro Okuyama, said 2024 marks the 70th anniversary of Jordanian-Japanese relations and also the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Jordan, which is the beginning of joint technical and practical cooperation.

The envoy added that Japan views Jordan as a "strategic" partner and supports it as a "regional center and views the Kingdom as a gateway" to the Middle East and the "primary" link with Africa.

The diplomat noted Jordan has provided an economic model in confronting crises and refuge burdens and an "important" model in maintaining its security and stability.