The Initiative for Development in East Asia (IDEA) Ministerial Meeting

July 31, 2002

  1. The Initiative for Development in East Asia (IDEA) Ministerial Meeting will be held on August 12 (Mon) at Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. IDEA is Japan's new initiative in the area of development, which embodies the spirit of "act together, advance together," announced by Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, Prime Minister of Japan, during his official visit to Southeast Asian countries in January 2002.

  2. The Meeting will be attended by Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Seiken Sugiura, Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, as well as foreign and development ministers of the 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and China and the R.O.K. In the Meeting, the role played by official development assistance in the economic progress which East Asian countries achieved through their development efforts will be reviewed, and views will be exchanged freely on development strategy and cooperation through ODA, which can contribute to the future prosperity and stability of the region.

  3. In light of the growing international attention on development issues, the Meeting also intends to share with other regions including Africa the experience and expertise relating to East Asian development strategy and cooperation, and to contribute to international discussion on development, by making useful inputs to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to be held from the end of August in Johannesburg, South Africa, and TICAD III (Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development) to be slated in the latter half of 2003.

  4. The discussions at the Meeting will subsequently be published in a document.

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