The Third Meeting of the Africa Partnership Forum

October 8, 2004

  1. The third meeting of the Africa Partnership Forum (APF) was held in Washington, D.C. from October 4 to 5. From Japan, Mr. Masaharu Kohno, Personal Representative of the Prime Minister for Africa, attended the meeting.

  2. At this meeting, the participants engaged in free discussions following reports by such organizations as the secretariat of New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the African Union (AU) on food security, peace and security, and the private sector. The main points of the discussions are as follows:

    (1) On food security, the participants shared their broad recognition on the central role of agriculture in the African economies. They advised the African side to improve women's role in agricultural production and exert efforts to modernize land systems. The participants also confirmed the necessity to continue the efforts to beef up dissemination of cassava and nerica rice and control desert locusts, with a view to realizing the green revolution in Africa.

    (2) On peace and security, the participants shared their observations on the present situation of the efforts on the Darfur issue in Sudan and the organizational built-up of the AU. They pointed out the importance of enhancing the capabilities of regional institutions in Africa and cooperating in conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction assistance.

    (3) For the private sector, the participants pointed out the importance of private investment and the improvement of domestic systems and infrastructure for that purpose, and the necessity to vitalize small and medium-sized companies. Japan announced the significance of the TICAD Asia-Africa Trade and Investment Conference to be held in Tokyo on November 1 to 2, which attracted the attendants' attention.

  3. The fourth meeting of the APF is scheduled to be held in Nigeria (AU chair country) in the first half of next year.
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