JETRO, or the Japan External Trade Organization, is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Originally established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad, JETRO's core focus in the 21st century has shifted toward promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and helping small to medium size Japanese firms maximize their global export potential.
How we work
We are operating our JETRO Yangon Office to support trade and investment between Myanmar and Japan since 1998. We receive 300 to 400 visitors from Japan and other countries per month nowadays. These business people are interested in Myanmar both as destination of manufacturing business and market. We share all the information related to business environment such as the situation of infrastructure, rules and regulations, international trade and so on.
Recently, JETRO organized "Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Investment Promotion Seminars" in Hiroshima and Nagoya Cities of Japan with the participation of present Japanese investors and potential ones in Thilawa Special Economic Zone. There are many Japanese potential investors interested in Thilawa SEZ and in Myanmar as a whole. JETRO Yangon is receiving many business inquiries and has been meeting such Japanese visitors throughout the period. More than 90% of the Japanese companies stationing in Thilawa SEZ made use of JETRO services in various ways.
And besides, JETRO Yangon has been engaged in “Test Marketing Project” in Myanmar, greatly supported by the Department of Cooperative (Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation), with the purpose to examine the possibility of Myanmar market for high quality Japanese products.
In addition, JETRO, in cooperation with Myanmar Government, co-organized “Myanmar Business Forum” with the Myanmar’s Ministry of Planning and Finance in November 2016 in Tokyo with the participation of Government and Private Sectors [UMFCCI (The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and its affiliates] of Myanmar.
Likewise, JETRO, Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Myanmar’s Custom Department (Ministry of Planning and Finance) have been working together to protect Intellectual Property Right in Myanmar. We organized a seminar in July 2016 in Yangon for capacity-building where Japanese major companies made specific instructions to Myanmar Custom personnel about how to distinguish between genuine and fake products.
Furthermore, JETRO organized a working-level meeting for the Asian Trade Promotion Forum (ATPF) in Miyazaki, Japan, in June 2016, and it was participated by 35 members from 22 countries and regions including the representative of Myanmar Trade Promotion Organization (MYANTRADE) of Myanmar’s Ministry of Commerce.