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1st Ministerial Meeting on the 4th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Photograph of the first ministerial meeting on TICAD IV

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held the first ministerial meeting on the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) at the Prime Minister's Official Residence.

TICAD is an international conference on African development held by Japan and co-hosted by the United Nations (UN), Global Coalition for Africa (GCA) and World Bank. A wide-range of participants are invited to the conference, including African countries, donor countries such as the G8 members, Asian countries and international organizations. The fourth meeting, TICAD IV, will be held in Yokohama next year from May 28 to May 30. Ministerial meetings are to be held in preparation for Japan's holding of TICAD IV to conduct area-specific discussions on assistance to Africa, encompassing a broad range of areas such as trade and investment.

At the opening of the meeting, Prime Minister Abe said, "I would like to take TICAD IV as an opportunity to set future direction of African development looking ahead to the next five to ten years. I would also like to announce Japan's initiative on African development at TICAD IV, and share with you the recognition of the importance of organically linking the results obtained at the conference to the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit to be held later in the same year. I ask the ministers concerned to exchange opinions in order for the Government to unite its efforts for Japan to hammer out its initiative, while also making use of the knowledge of the private sector."

Related link:
African Development: TICAD and Japanese ODA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)