ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform, Professor Ahsan Iqbal arrived in Japan Tuesday to attend “Pakistan Infrastructure Conference.” Prof Ahsan Iqbal was received by special representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pakistan’s Ambassador, said a message received here from Tokyo.

Prof Ahsan Iqbal will be the chief guest of the conference which will be held on December 5 in Tokyo in which leading Japanese companies will participate to explore investment opportunities in Pakistan.

The PML-N government has strong economic focus and has undertaken structural economic reforms, which is attracting interest of international community in Pakistan, it added. Professor Iqbal will meet with business and government leaders to discuss bilateral issues and present new government’s policies, it added.

The minister will hold talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Taro Aso and State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Ms Midori Matsushima. He will also have a meeting with Teruo Asada, Chairman, Japan-Pakistan Business Co-operation Committee (JPBCC) (Chairman, Marubeni) at Tokyo Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TCCI) HQ.

The Federal Minister will also meet JPBCC member companies on this occasion. Later in the day, he would be interviewed by Asahi and Nikkei newspapers of Japan.

Prof. Takashi Shiraishi, President, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) is also scheduled to meet Ahsan Iqbal.

The minister is scheduled to meet Hideto Nakahara, Exective Vice President, Mitsubishi Corporation & other officials of Mitsubishi Corporation and will hold meeting with Mamoru Mouri, Chief Executive Director (former astronaut), National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

In the afternoon, Prof Ahsan Iqbal will deliver his keynote speech at “Pakistan Infrastructure Conference”, organized by JETRO, Japan. The Federal Minister will also meet Mr. Akihiko Tanaka, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) later in the day.