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Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Thursday he will visit Tanzania and Kenya from Friday in the hope of strengthening ties with the eastern African countries whose consumer markets are expected to sharply grow.
Motegi is expected to meet Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and other key officials to discuss ways to create an environment that will encourage Japanese companies to invest in the countries, according to officials of the industry ministry.
Motegi plans to return to Japan on Tuesday. He noted that his schedule could be affected by a large fire that broke out at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi early Wednesday.
"The two countries have infrastructure demand, a strong desire to develop resources and are expected to see a sharp growth in their consumption markets...I hope to strengthen relations between Japan and the two countries," the minister told a press conference.
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