Japan assures on commitments to Africa

Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has assured that Japan will meet the commitments it made to Africa, including support for Darfur peace efforts, NEPAD and measures against infectious diseases.
"Japan will deliver on these commitments, together with a number of other commitments it has made to date, including the doubling of its ODA (Official Development Assistance) to Africa by 2007 and the Development Initiative for Trade," he said in a message to the bi-annual AU Summit in Banjul this weekend.
The commitments were announced last year, while the New Initiative for Consolidating Peace in Africa was launched at the Tokyo International Conference on Africa's Development (TICAD) in February.
Koizumi also promised to come through on his promise to fund a new prize that would recognise researchers or practitioners who have made distinguished achievements in Africa in medicine or medical services.
The prize is aimed at honouring Hideyo Noguchi, a famous Japanese researcher, who went to Ghana 80 years ago to study Yellow Fever, but died of the disease.
"I will certainly follow through with this, so that the first award ceremony will be held on the occasion of TICAD IV in 2008," the Prime Minister said.
"All of these efforts clearly demonstrate how serious Japan is about its relations with Africa," he added.

02 july 2006 16:21:00

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