The TICAD VI Preparatory Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM)
1. The Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) was held in Djibouti from March 14 to 15. The meeting was attended by approximately 300 people in total, including officials of the Government of Japan led by Ambassador Norio Maruyama, Director-General of African Affairs, as well as representatives of the co-organizers (the United Nations, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the African Union Commission (AUC)), 44 African countries, other partner countries, international organizations, and civil society organizations.
2. At the meeting, participants from African countries and various stakeholders from the international community, including international organizations and civil society organizations, held in-depth discussions on matters such as the outcomes expected at TICAD VI, which will be held in Africa for the first time.
3. In addition, as part of the preparatory process going forward, it was decided that the TICAD VI Preparatory Ministerial Meeting will be held in the Republic of The Gambia from June 1 to 2.