9-14 January, 2014

March 28, 2014
Côte d’Ivoire
From 9 to 14 January, Mrs. Akie Abe visited the Middle East (Oman) and Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Ethiopia) accompanying Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. During her visits, Mrs. Abe had various exchanges of views with many local people who are active in fields of education, medical services, agriculture, social welfare and art. She conveyed her wish that friendship between Japan and the respective countries would be further promoted as triggered by this opportunity. Mrs. Abe also presented “Akie Library” to educational institutions in each country, in the hope that the presented books on Japanese language, culture and literature could offer more opportunities for learning Japan and Japanese culture.
Places visited

1 Oman (9 January)

(1) Sultan Qaboos University
  • Meeting with H.E. Rawiya bint Saud bin Ahmed al Busaidiyah, Minister of Higher Education and H.E. Dr. Ali bin Saud bin Ali al Bimani, Vice Chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University
  • Meeting with female students learning at Sultan Qaboos University
  • Presentation of “Akie Library”
(2) Dinner hosted by H.E. Rawiya bint Saud bin Ahmed al Busaidiyah, Minister of Higher Education

2 Côte d’Ivoire (10-11 January)

(1) Orphelinat de Garçons de Bingerville (Bingerville Boys Orphanage) (10 January)
(2) Groupe Scolaire Management, Informatique, Sport et Art (Group school of Management, Information, Sport and Art) (11 January)  
3 Mozambique (12 January)

(1) Mercado Central de Maputo (Maputo Central Market)
(2) Cooperativa 25 de Setembro (agricultural cooperative "25 September”) in a village in Boane County
(3) Lunch with JOCV and former scholars who studied agriculture in Japan
(4) Hospital Geral da Machava (Machava Central Hospital) followed by a meeting with experts in HIV/AIDS issues
(5) Nossa Senhora das Desamparadas, an elderly home in Maputo City 
(6) University of Eduardo Mondlane followed by presentation of "Akie Library"
(7) Museu Núcleo de Arte, an exhibition of “Arms Art” organized by “Ehime Global Network”
(8) Meeting with a Mozambican staff of the Japanese Embassy who once lived in Japan 
4 Ethiopia (13-14 January)

(1) Meeting with an Ethiopian expert on HIV/AIDS issues (13 January)
(2) Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity
(3) Presentation of “Akie Library” to Addis Ababa University and Mekelle University
(4) Meeting with H.E. Mrs. Roman Tesfaye, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia
(5) Selam Children’s Village (14 January)

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