JBIC Holds Round Table Seminar for Mid-Tier Enterprises and SMEs in Tokyo


Opening remarks from Shigeki Kimura, Global Head of JBIC's Industry Finance Group
Associate Professor Hiroyuki Kawashima from the University of Tokyo
Daisuke Shintani, Senior Economist at Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute
A view of the discussion

On January 19, 2016, Manabu Homma, JBIC's Special Advisor for SMEs, hosted a round table seminar titled "Future Outlook of the Asian Market and Political Climate, and Challenges in Overseas Business Expansion" for mid-tier enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the auditorium on the 9th floor of the JBIC head office.

The overseas business expansion of Japanese mid-tier enterprises and SMEs continues to be strong, as evidenced by the number of JBIC loans exceeding 100 in the 2015 fiscal year. In light of this, JBIC plans and holds seminars responding to the needs of the region and companies, with the aim of contributing to overseas business expansion from not only the financial aspect but also from the information perspective.

The first of this series of round table seminars was held in Tokyo in January 2015 for the managing executives of mid-tier enterprises and SMEs who are existing JBIC clients, aiming to support their management decisions by providing the latest information on the global market. It was followed by a second in Hamamatsu in July, held for JBIC clients headquartered in the Tokai region, and this marks the third.

Following opening remarks from Shigeki Kimura, Global Head of the Industry Finance Group, Associate Professor, Hiroyuki Kawashima from the University of Tokyo gave a lecture titled, "Future of China Analyzed by Data - Is the China Threat Theory True?" explaining the future changes and trends of the widely speculated about Chinese social, economic, and political structures, based on statistics and his experience from carrying out fieldwork in Chinese farming villages over many years.

Daisuke Shintani, Senior Economist at Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute, followed with his presentation, "Business Opportunities Expanded by the ASEAN Economic Community," and explained various topics, including: "why do we need ASEAN integration?"; "the current state and future agenda for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)"; and "an offensive strategy for the 'ASEAN of the land' and the 'ASEAN of the sea' five years ahead." He then talked about the actual state of ASEAN integration and its course of action, as well as future business opportunities for Japanese companies, using data and diagrams.

After the presentations from the lecturers, an active discussion was held with the participating managing executives, mainly on the key points when considering future changes of the Chinese economy, social and political structures, as well as on the actual impact of ASEAN economic integration on local economies, with Manabu Homma, JBIC's Special Advisor for SMEs, presiding.

JBIC will continue to contribute to the overseas business expansion of mid-tier enterprises and SMEs by providing information and holding seminars.

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