The 30th ATPF CEO Meeting was held in Hokkaido, Japan on October 6 to 7.

From October 6 to 7, the Asia Trade Promotion Forum (ATPF) CEO Meeting was held in Toyako Town, Hokkaido. The meeting was joined by 37 people from 20 countries and regions, and it was moderated by JETRO Chairman and CEO Hiroyuki Ishige on behalf of the host country.

Under the theme of "the role of TPOs in free trade," Chairman Ishige emphasized in his keynote speech that inclusiveness is a critical issue to promote free trade and investment with focusing on human resource development. Following his keynote speech, participants engaged in lively discussions on a wide range of topics such as support of SMEs, vitalization of local regions and cultivation of human resources and shared examples of some of their most successful practices.

This CEO meeting included two new sessions, a "Breakout Meeting" and "Top Leaders Meeting," in an attempt to revitalize discussions. Through the Breakout Meeting a form of group discussion was introduced for the first time in the CEO Meeting in which participants were divided into three groups under the themes of "e-commerce," "cultivation and exchange of human resources" and "creation of innovation." In the Top Leaders Meeting, in which only CEOs or their proxies, were participated, member TPOs engaged in a frank exchange of opinions on management-related issues faced by each organization. With comments from participants such as "We were pleased to be able to exchange and share opinions with friends in the same position," the experience contributed to strengthening collaboration between CEOs who are tackling similar issues.

During the plenary session, a "Hokkaido Session" and network reception were also held with the aim of conveying the attractiveness of Hokkaido to all the ATPF representatives. In the Hokkaido Session, presentations were made on the allure and potential of Hokkaido by Director Kojima of the Hokkaido Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry; Vice Governor Tsuji; and Chairman Sekihachi of the Hokkaido Tourism Organization. The network reception held at the end of the plenary session was joined by approximately 120 people including Hokkaido Governor Takahashi, Muroran City Mayor Aoyama and Toyako Town Mayor Maya, who took the opportunity to deepen relations with ATPF members. Participants also had a chance to taste Hokkaido through cuisine prepared with local ingredients.

The day following the meeting, an industrial tour was held for the participants to introduce the local industry in Hokkaido.

Date October 6-7, 2017
Venue Hokkaido, Japan
Article JETRO
ATPF CEO Meeting in Hokkaido (English)
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