Japan's Oe Picked as Chair of IEA Governing Board

Politics Economy

Paris, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--The International Energy Agency on Thursday picked Japanese diplomat Hiroshi Oe as chair of its Governing Board.

Oe, currently ambassador at the permanent delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, will be the third Japanese to chair the IEA board and the first Japanese to take the post in 24 years since 1995.

His term of office will start in January next year.

Japan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement by its press secretary that the country hopes to take the opportunity of Oe's assuming of the IEA post to actively contribute to the discussions to strengthen global energy security.

Oe, who joined the Foreign Ministry in 1979, served as Japan's chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact.

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