Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 March 2009

Japan’s commitment to African Development (First TICAD Ministerial Follow-up Meeting in Botswana)



Japan’s commitment to African Development (First TICAD Ministerial Follow-up Meeting in Botswana)


GABORONE, Botswana, March 26, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Deputy Press Secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura:

Good afternoon, and welcome to the conference.

Let me start with two announcements today.

One of them is related to the main theme of today.

First, about Japan’s commitment to African Development. The Ministers and delegations of Japan and African countries, together with international and regional organizations, private sector and civil societies, altogether, met in Gaborone, Botswana, on 21 and 22 March at the First TICAD Ministerial Follow-up Meeting after the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development(TICAD IV) in Yokohama last year.

Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone and Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuhide Minorikawa attended the conference as co-chairs. The meeting was opened by former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s address.

I am very pleased to report that the meeting was ended with a great success. The Participants commended the progress achieved for the first nine months of implementation in many areas of the TICAD’s Yokohama Action Plan. In this regard Japan confirmed that it would fulfill the commitments made at TICAD IV in two areas: (1) to double its ODA to Africa from US$0.9 billion to US$1.8 billion by the year 2012, and (2) to assist in doubling Japanese private investments into Africa from US$1.7 billion to US$3.4 billion, again by 2012.

Japan shared with the Participants concern over the serious negative impact on Africa of the current global financial and economic crisis and joined the call for all development partners to honor the steady and effective implementation of all existing commitments. Japan is of the strong view that the upcoming London Summit should listen to the voices of Africa and address the particular difficulties Africa is facing now. Foreign Minister Nakasone said in his address of the Ministerial meeting that Prime Minister Taro Aso would take his message of Africa to the Summit and reflect the voices of Africa in the discussions there.



SOURCE : Japan – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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