Wednesday, March 25, 2009

TICAD/UNDP - Botswana/Tokyo International Conference on African Development Ministerial Follow-up Meeting

source: Republic of Botswana (23/3/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 8 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
"Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline"

C4)17/3/09: TICAD/UNDP - Botswana/Tokyo International Conference on
African Development Ministerial Follow-up Meeting

High-ranking officials of the Government of Japan led by Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone, representatives of African, Asian and donor countries, regional and international organizations, the private sector and civil society, will gather in Gaborone, Botswana during 21-22 March 2009, to review the achievements made in the past nine months since the presentation of the Yokohama Action Plan at the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD IV) held from 28 to 30 May 2008 in Yokohama. The discussions will focus on boosting economic growth, achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the impact of the global economic crisis.

What: Tokyo International Conference on African Development Ministerial Follow-up Meeting

When: Saturday 21 March - Sunday 22 March 2009

Where: Gaborone, Botswana

A press conference on the outcome of the conference is scheduled for 22 March 2009.

For further information, please contact Mr. Nicholas N. Gouede (communications contact for the TICAD co-organizers), TICAD/UNDP Africa Bureau, New York.

Email:; mobile in Gaborone: +267 744 00 816; or
visit the TICAD Website:

To access the TICAD IV Progress Status List of the Yokohama Action Plan, please click on the following links:


The two-day ministerial-level meeting will be hosted by the Government of Botswana and convened by the TICAD co-organizers, namely the Government of Japan, the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (UN-OSAA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.

As the first major event in the aftermath of TICAD IV, the Gaborone meeting will provide an important forum to engage in substantive policy dialogue between African representatives and international partners to mobilize efforts to support the development of the continent.

The 2008 TICAD IV was attended by over 3,000 participants, including 41 heads of State and government from Africa, 77 executive heads and representatives from international and regional organizations, private
sector and civil society, and notable individuals, who contributed greatly to the discussions. Also participating in the conference were high-level representatives including ministerial-level participants from 34 partner countries, the G-8 and other industrialized nations as well as Asian countries. The Government of Japan fed the results of TICAD IV
into the G-8 Hokkaido Summit held from 7 to 9 July 2008.

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