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Japan hosts Intl confab on African development

By Moses Sonkarlay

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-The fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) is expected to take place this weekend in Japan. 

The conference begins Saturday, June 1, 2013 in Yokohama, Japan.

It will bring together several Japanese and African leaders, including Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, will chair the TICAD Conference.

TICAD is being organized by Japan, in collaboration with the UN, World Bank and the African Union, and 40 African countries are expected to attend.

The Japanese and African leaders said: “The conference will focus on the need to boost trade and investment to transform the relationship from aid-led to business partnership.”

Meanwhile, President Johnson-Sirleaf and delegation have left Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Wednesday, May 29, 2013 for Japan, to attend the conference. 

While in Japan, the Liberian Leader is also expected to hold series of meetings with potential investors in that Asian state.

“Japan recognizes the need to strengthen ties with African countries,” Japanese Trade Ministry official, Yasunnori Nakayama, noted.

The first Tokyo International Conference on African Development was held in 1993.


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