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June 2, 2013
Japan-Gambia Summit Meeting (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

On June 2, for about 25 minutes from 2:40 pm, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a meeting with H.E. Alhaji Dr. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, President of the Republic of the Gambia, in Yokohama Japan. The following is the gist of the meeting. President Jammeh is visiting Japan to participate in the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held from June 1 to 3.

  1. At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister Abe welcomed President Jammeh’s first visit to Japan and his first participation in TICAD, 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, President Jammeh extended his sincere gratitude for the long-term support from Japan toward Africa including Gambia through the TICAD process, especially in the field of the fishery and disaster prevention, food aid and various technical assistances.
  2. President Jammeh showed his expectations for the expansion of Japanese enterprises related to industrial products, Japanese enterprises’ participation in petroleum and electricity-related projects and mineral resources development, equipment provision and technical assistances in agricultural fields, establishment of learning center in West Africa and so on.
  3. In response, Prime Minister Abe paid his respect to Gambia’s contribution toward peace and stability in Africa and expressed his intention to support effort of development in Gambia as well as to provide assistance for the improvement of the food situation in Gambia.
  4. In addition, they exchanged opinions concerning 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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