20 African leaders expected at Tokyo development Conference

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 20 African leaders are expected to attend the third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD III), which opens in the Japanese capital 29 September, organisers said.
A statement by co-organisers, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said the three-day conference would mark the 10th anniversary of the TICAD process, which began as an initiative of the Government of Japan, in collaboration with the United Nations and the Global Coalition for Africa (GCA).
As well as African countries, Asia would also be strongly represented at TICAD III, since the initiative has been largely built on the notion of Africa-Asia co-operation, the UNDP said.
At least 13 Asian countries would send delegations, while some 22 donor countries would also attend, plus 32 international organisations, as well as 15 regional and Pan-African organisations.
After tackling a range of development issues in plenary session and in six specially focused sessions, the conference is expected to adopt the TICAD 10th Anniversary Declaration, to pledge participants' solidarity with Africans' ownership of the development process in their continent and to global partnerships that affirm such ownership.
The UNDP said the Declaration "is a reflection of TICAD's close identification with the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the continent's own home-grown framework for development, to be accomplished through African-led initiatives and with international collaboration.
" A series of intense and wide-ranging consultations in Africa this year helped to establish the choice of priorities being addressed in Tokyo.
A senior officials' meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia followed three regional gatherings in Pretoria, South Africa, for southern Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya, for east and north Africa and in Yaounde, Cameroon, for west and central Africa.
Co-organisers of TICAD III -- the Government of Japan, Global Coalition for Africa, the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Africa, the UNDP and the World Bank -- would all be taking a leading role, with their senior representatives chairing or moderating the Tokyo sessions.
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi would open the conference, while the high-powered collection of African Heads of State would lead a plenary session on the first day devoted to poverty reduction through economic growth.

25 septembre 2003 16:38:00

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