Astana, 28th October 2015 (WAM) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to help create businesses worth more than 3 trillion yen, or nearly 25 billion dollars, in Central Asia.

To achieve the target, the Japanese government will encourage private-sector investment in the region and support infrastructure and human resources development there, Abe said in a speech at Nazarbayev University in the Kazakh capital of Astana, Jiji Press reported.

Specifically, Abe said Japan plans to provide Japanese business know-how and technologies in the farming and logistics industries. Details of this plan will be discussed at a foreign ministers’ meeting among Japan and five central Asian countries next year, he added.

“Building a country means developing human resources. This is a key philosophy in Japan,” Abe said. “We put emphasis on empowering individuals.”

Also in the speech, Abe called for working together with Kazakhstan toward nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, as well as on U.N. Security Council reforms.