The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and UNIDO’s Investment and Technology Promotion Office in Tokyo (UNIDO ITPO Tokyo) organised the Sustainable Technology Day on 17 February 2023. The objective was to connect EU and Japanese companies for possible joint projects in Africa, through a series of technology pitches by Japanese firms and individual meetings.

The event started with the presentation of a success story between the Japanese company SORA Technology and their EU partners Orange and Institut Pasteur for a malaria control project in Africa.

It was followed by a pitching session during which six Japanese companies presented their sustainable technologies with the objective to collaborate with EU partners in Africa. The technologies presented are all registered on UNIDO’s Sustainable Technology Promotion Platform (STePP).

AGC Inc. presented a high-durability film for greenhouse farming that can be applied to small and large-scale projects in various regions such as Africa, Latin America and Europe.

On behalf of Biomass Resin Holdings Co., Ltd., the company Mitsui & Co. Plastics Ltd. introduced sustainable alternatives to traditional plastics with biodegradable and non-biodegradable biomass plastic compound made of rice.  

Mebiol Inc. presented a film farming technology that can help reduce water consumption while enabling farming in disaster-hit areas, soil-contaminated areas and deserts.

NEC Corporation introduced their hybrid storage solution that can help telecommunications operators and tower companies reduce energy footprint and costs, and increase plant efficiency. The technology has already been successfully applied in Africa and NEC aims at expanding it in West and East Africa.

TBM Co., Ltd. presented the sustainable new material “LIMEX” which can be an alternative to plastic and paper with the objective to reduce plastic production with a circular business model.

Yamaha Motor Co. introduced a water purification system using sand filtration and solar PV to provide safe water in regions with low access to drinking water.

The pitches were followed by individual meetings with the speakers and a matchmaking reception to connect EU and Japanese companies interested in joint projects in Africa.

If you are an EU company interested in collaborating with one of the above companies, contact us at: EJ3A(at)