Visit to Japan by H.E. Dr. Alpha Oumar Konare, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU)

September 30, 2004

  1. Dr. Alpha Oumar Konare, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU) (former president of Mali), will be visiting Japan from October 11 (Mon) to 17 (Sun).

  2. During his stay in Japan, Dr. Konare will be a panelist at a MOFA-sponsored symposium hosted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in commemoration of the 50 years of Japan's international cooperation and will meet with government leaders, Dr. Sadako Ogata, president of JICA, and other leaders of Japan for a wide-ranging exchange of opinions on such issues as conflicts in Africa, including the Darfur problem in Sudan, and measures to strengthen Japan's relations with Africa and the AU. He will also exchange views with representatives of Japanese NGOs which are engaged in assistance to Africa.

  3. It is expected that Dr. Konare's visit to Japan will promote the establishment of the basis for strengthening future overall relations between Japan and the AU; e.g. consolidation of peace in Africa, on which Japan places importance in the process of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), the axis of Japan's foreign policy toward Africa.
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