Japan, one of the founding members of the OECD Development Centre, conveyed its intention to return as a member. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida confirmed Japan's commitment to the OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría and Development Centre’s Director Mario Pezzini during their visit to Tokyo earlier this week.
Once returned, Japan will join 50 other OECD and non-OECD countries plus the European Union that are already members of the OECD Development Centre. The six other Members from Asia include China, Korea, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
The OECD Secretary-General and the Director of the OECD Development Centre strongly welcome Japan’s announcement and will work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to finalise the process. Secretary-General Gurría stressed the importance of Japan’s return to the Centre in light of its leading role in the development field. He said Japan’s membership in the Centre will "create valuable opportunities for knowledge-sharing and a chance to advance on strong ongoing engagement and partnerships with Asia and beyond".
For more information on the OECD Development Centre, visit www.oecd.org/dev.