The First Meeting of the Commission on Promotion of Public-Private Cooperation for TICAD and the Japan-Africa Exchange Year

December 11, 2007

  1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the first meeting of the Commission on Promotion of Public-Private Cooperation for TICAD and the Japan-Africa Exchange Year on December 7 (Fri) in Tokyo. The meeting was hosted by Mr. Masahiko Koumura, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
     
  2. Representatives of the Government of Japan and private companies gathered at the meeting and government representatives described the present situation in Africa and the progress of preparations for TICAD IV (Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development), which will be hosted by Japan in May 2008.  Private companies’ representatives expressed frank opinions on the way forward to the improvement of the environment for expanding trade with and investment in African countries, and Official Development Assistance (ODA).  The two sides agreed to continue cooperation between the public and private sectors in addressing these issues.
     
  3. Private companies’ representatives expressed views on such issues as the improvement of regional roads, seaports and other infrastructure, support for human resource development and education, the importance of job creation through direct investment, and the necessity of providing appropriate information, which was followed by introducing successful examples of social contribution.  It was also decided that the private sector representatives would submit recommendations for TICAD IV.

 The Commission on Promotion of Public-Private Cooperation for TICAD and the Japan-Africa Exchange Year

      Mr. Hiromasa Yonekura, Vice Chairman of the Japan Business Federation(Nippon Keidanren), chairs the commission, and Mr. Masahiro Sakane, Chairman of the Committee on Sub-Saharan Africa, Nippon Keidanren, acts as deputy.

      Members are as follows:

    1. Private Sector: major trading companies, manufactures and financial institutions
    2. Public Sector: MOFA, MOF, METI, JICA, JBIC, JETRO, NEXI, JOGMEC
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