Muluzi in Japan for African development summit

Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi President Bakili Muluzi has gone to Japan to attend the Third International Conference on African Development Conference (TICAD III) in Tokyo.
Speaking before departing, Muluzi said Japan was one of the few developed nations that came forward to assist Africa when Europe and the US showed little interest in the continent following the demise of the Cold War.
"Japan is an important ally of Africa," he said.
Tokyo conceived TICAD in 1993 after the West showed donor fatigue to Africa's problems following the fall of the so-called Iron Curtain, according to a statement issued in Tokyo by TICAD Ambassador-in-Charge Seigi Hinata.
Hinata said that Japan believed there would be no prosperity for rest of the world unless Africa's economic problems are resolved.
During TICAD II in 1998, Japan released 750 million US dollars towards the improvement of education, health and safe drinking water in Africa, according to Hinata.
TICAD III, scheduled to kick Monday, is expected to attract at least 20 African leaders, 38 donor and Asian countries and 51 world donor organisations and has been jointly organised by the Japanese government, the UN Development Programme, the Global Coalition for Africa and the World Bank.

28 سبتمبر 2003 14:59:00

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