Dlamini Zuma heads AUC delegation to TICAD V in Japan

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - For the first time, the African Union Commission (AUC) is co-organising the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), the fifth edition of which opens Saturday in Yokohama, Japan.

TICAD V is being co-organised by the Government of Japan, the AUC, the UN Office of the Special Advisor for Africa (UNOSAA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Bank.

AUC Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is due in Yokohama Friday at the head of the Commission’s delegation to the three-day conference that will be held under the theme: “Hand in Hand with a Dynamic Africa.”

The AUC delegation includes the Commissioners for Economic Affairs; Peace and Security; Rural Economy and Agriculture, the Chief of Staff, Directors for Economic Affairs, Human Resources, Science and Technology, Head of Africa Strategic Partnership and various experts from the Commission.

Japan launched TICAD in 1993 with the aim of promoting high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners on issues facing the continent, including economic development, poverty reduction and elimination of conflict.

According to the AUC, the five-yearly conference will have three inter-related thematic focus areas: Robust and Sustainable Economy; Inclusive and Resilient Society; and Peace and Security.

During this year’s TICAD, the delegates will review progress made in the 20-year history of Africa-Japan relationship under TICAD, particularly in view of Africa’s development agenda for the next 50 years that is currently being conceived.

Dr. Dlamini Zuma will co-chair the conference and deliver a keynote address alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; President of the African Union Hailemariam Dessalegn who is Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon; World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and the UNDP Administrator, Miss Helen Clark.

In addition, Dr. Dlamini Zuma will hold bilateral meetings with the Japanese Premier and the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister Fumio Kishida.

Meanwhile, a ministerial meeting was scheduled for Friday (31 May) ahead of the official opening of TICAD V.

A number of Heads of State have started arriving Yokohama for TICAD V.

The Yokohama Declaration 2013 and Action Plan 2013-2017 are expected to be adopted at the end of the conference.
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31 Maio 2013 08:04:27

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