AAAM welcomes JETRO – the Japan External Trade Organization as its latest member

The Association of African Automotive Manufacturers is delighted to welcome JETRO as its latest member. AAAM the only African body, focusing on the expansion and deepening of the automotive industry across the continent, by working with governments to shape and implement policies that will attract investors. Thereby unlocking the economic potential of the continent and aligning a global network of stakeholders committed to the development of the Automotive industry in Africa.

Established in 1958, JETRO is a government-related agency under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan. Its primary role is to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world through its extensive network of 46 local offices in Japan and 74 overseas offices in 54 countries. These include eight in Africa located in Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Cairo, Johannesburg (the regional hub), Lagos, Maputo, Nairobi and Rabat. A nineth office will open in Accra this year.

“JETRO is proud to have joined the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). We fully support and are aligned with its goals of developing an African automotive ecosystem in which, Japan has been a key player for nearly 60 years. The automotive industry, if well-planned and coordinated at the continental level, is a powerful tool that can drive development and growth” commented Ishihara Yoshiaki, Executive Director, Jetro Johannesburg.