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Chairman’s Address

Kiyoshi OTSUBO

Pacific Resource Exchange Center (PREX) was established in Osaka in April 1990 thanks to cooperation and consensus among industrial, academic and public sectors in the Kansai area. Our aim is mainly to assist in fostering human resources to promote development of developing countries in the Asia Pacific region. Another aim of PREX is to vitalize international mutual human interaction in the Kansai area and to deepen mutual understanding through our activities for human resources development.

Fortunately, we can conduct a wide range of seminars and human mutual interaction because Kansai is the base for many excellent companies from a variety of industries. Also noteworthy is the fact that many small and medium sized enterprises have been actively expanding their businesses. This is one of the reasons why our region attracts a great deal of attention from developing countries.

It has been 33 years since PREX was established. The activities of our organization have developed smoothly and have been achieving the results steadily through the support and cooperation of all parties concerned. Therefore, we are likely to be highly appreciated internationally. The number of countries/regions we have assisted so far has exceeded 156 and there have been over 19,000 participants in our training courses.

The world is changing, driven by the rapid technological progress in such fields as IoT, AI, robotics, biotechnology and medical technology. Furthermore, the Global Goals known as the SDGs were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 in order to realize the sustainable society, and the economic world in Kansai has begun engaging in activities to achieve the target in earnest. Although we are experiencing such a rapid development, the importance of the development of human resources and international human interaction will never change for the development of countries.

There are great hopes towards our future activities from developing countries. In order to comply with such expectations, we endeavor to develop new curriculums in conformity with the times and to keep evolving. We recognize that our activities contribute to the prosperity of developing countries and the development of Japan, and as a result contribute to maintaining world peace. So we are proud to continue to fulfill our tasks.

We sincerely ask your particular cooperation and assistance in the future.