Japan to Reopen its Embassy in Libya

Chargé d'Affairs of the Japanese Embassy in Libya, Masaki Amadera
Chargé d'Affairs of the Japanese Embassy in Libya, Masaki Amadera

The Chargé d’Affairs of the Japanese Embassy in Libya, Masaki Amadera, said that the Japanese Embassy will reopen in Libya soon.

In an interview with Libya’s Sada Economy newspaper, Amadera said he discussed establishing the Libyan-Japanese Businessmen Council with the Ministry of Economy.

He also discussed the return of Japanese companies and investment opportunities between the two countries. “This is a problem that concerns the private sector, and the government cannot take a decision on it,” he added.

Amadera added that investments between Libya and Japan are important for private companies, as Japanese are well aware that Libya has huge potential for development. Libya is positioned at a strategic location linked to Africa, the Middle East and even Europe.

“I am working on returning the Japanese Embassy to Libya to resume its work, and it will return soon,” he concluded.

In June, Amadera held a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister, Ramadan Abu Janah, in Tripoli. During the talks, the Japanese diplomat
stressed that Japan is looking to invest in startup firms, and seeks to boost climate-friendly, sustainable business development in Africa.

He also expressed Japanese companies’ desire to resume their businesses in Libya.

Both sides took the opportunity to discuss bilateral cooperation in the economic, industrial, and technological fields, as well as activating joint agreements.

Notably, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that in May 2021, the Japanese government approved a funding program valued at $833,000 to support Libya against COVID-19.

The fund is aimed at strengthening Libya’s vaccination program, especially with regard to the procurement of cold chain equipment, and institutional capacity development of healthcare staff.

“With the aim of vaccinating 1.5 million people, the project will support approximately 200 facilities and 1,000 health officials and healthcare staff,” Amadera said.

Last month, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reported that the Japanese government funded the procurement of election materials for Libya’s national elections.

It added that Amadera met with the Head of the Libyan High National Election Commission (HNEC), Emad Al-Sayeh. Amadera confirmed his country’s support for the HNEC.

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