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

On June 2, for about 15 minutes from 6:00 pm, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a meeting with H.E. Mr. José Maria Neves, Prime Minister of the Republic of Cape Verde, in Yokohama, Japan. The following is the gist of the meeting. Prime Minister Neves 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, Prime Minister Abe welcomed Prime Minister Neves’s visit to Japan and expressed his hope for development both in Africa and Japan in the wake of the TICAD V, which marks the 20th anniversary of the TICAD process. In response, Prime Minister Neves expressed his congratulations on the 20th anniversary of the TICAD process and asked for Japan’s support for the ongoing economic development in Cape Verde, which has achieved a transition to a lower middle income country.
  2. Prime Minister Neves went on to say that he expects assistance from Japan in such areas as tourism, infrastructure development including water supply, agriculture, renewable energy and fisheries, indicating a hope for investment of Japanese companies in Cape Verde.
  3. Prime Minster Abe acknowledged an exemplary and firm establishment of democracy and steady growth in Cape Verde and noted that Japan will continue to support these efforts. Prime Minister Abe also stated that Japan has decided to provide a new Yen loan for the improvement of water supply by utilizing the Japanese technology.
  4. In addition, both leaders exchanged views on cooperation in 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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