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June 2, 2013
Meeting between Japanese Foreign Minister and Cameroon Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development

On June 2, for about 20 minutes from 11:50 am, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida had a meeting with H.E. Mr. Emmanuel NGANOU DJOUMESSI, Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, in Yokohama Japan. The following is the gist of the meeting. Minister NGANOU DJOUMESSI is visiting Japan to participate in the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) currently held from June 1 to 3.

  1. At the beginning of the meeting, Foreign Minister Kishida welcomed Minister NGANOU DJOUMESSI’s visit to Japan and expressed his hope for development both in Africa and Japan in the wake of TICAD V, which marks the 20th anniversary of the TICAD process. In response, Minister NGANOU DJOUMESSI extended his sincere appreciation for Japan’s long-term support, which has been effective for Cameroon. Minister NGANOU DJOUMESSI introduced potential sectors for investment and outlined government efforts for improving the investment climate to promote investment in Cameroon from the private sector, and expressed his expectations for Japanese investment.
  2. Minister Kishida welcomed Cameroon’s efforts to improve its investment climate. While introducing Japan’s decision this year on provision of non-project grant-aid to Cameroon and on technical cooperation for promoting small and medium enterprises, Minister Kishida expressed his intention that Japan continues to support Cameroon’s efforts for socioeconomic development and forest resources management.
  3. During the meeting, the two ministers reviewed various bilateral exchanges such as the ongoing exchange between Cameroon and the village of Nakatsue (currently Nakatsue-mura, Hita city, Oita prefecture) since the 2002 World Cup, and then agreed to further strengthen such good relations. Both also exchanged views on cooperation in the international arena including the development of Africa.

* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.

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