April 25, 2016

1. On April 8, Mr. Yoshihide Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary, announced that Japan will hold an outreach meeting during the G7 Ise-Shima Summit, inviting the heads of state and government of non-G7 countries and chairpersons of international organizations.

2. The G7 Ise-Shima Summit will be the first summit held in Asia in eight years. In light of this, from Asia, the heads of state and government of Laos, Viet Nam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Papua New Guinea will be invited. In addition, the head of state and government of Chad, the Chairperson of the African Union, will be invited to ensure that the Summit’s outcomes will be reflected to the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). Furthermore, from international organizations, the chairpersons of the United Nations, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Monetary Fund and the World Bank will be invited.

3. In the outreach meeting we will discuss what is needed to sustain the prosperity of Asia, which is steering economic growth as the growth center of the world. It will also feature issues that Japan, which holds the G7 Presidency, attaches particular importance to from a global perspective, including quality infrastructure investment, health and women.

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