Ukraine and Japan are interested in deepening bilateral partnership. This was discussed during a meeting of Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ostap Semerak and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Shigeki Sumi.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the results of a working trip by the Ukrainian delegation to Japan and further steps on implementation of the agreements reached between the two countries in the environmental sphere.
Ostap Semerak noted that Ukraine is prolonging work on simplifying the conditions for doing business in renewable energy sector, in particular, in the exclusion zone.
"Investors' interest in renewable energy projects in the exclusion zone remains. Among the potential investors are Japanese companies as well. Ukraine is interested in cooperation with Japan both in this plane and in scientific research to overcome the consequences of the two major nuclear disasters", said Ostap Semerak, adding that Ukrainian and Japanese scientists have long experience of cooperation in this direction.
Moreover, Ostap Semerak emphasized the importance of introducing the Japanese principle of the management of national natural parks in Ukraine. Currently, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources is considering the possibility of traineeship of Ukrainian specialists in Japan to gain experience.
The meeting participants also spoke about further intensification of Ukrainian-Japanese cooperation in the water sector and waste management sector. Separately, the parties focused on a possibility of installing Japanese "clean technology" equipment at the enterprises of the metallurgical, coal and energy industries, as well as the opportunity of creating an effective system for monitoring the state of the environment.
Meanwhile, Shigeki Sumi stressed that Japan demonstrates interest in deepening bilateral partnership and assured its country's willingness to provide overall support to Ukraine.
In turn, the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Ostap Semerak confirmed that the Ukrainian side is working on its commitments under the agreements reached during the last working visit to Japan.