Abe lauds AUC peace and stability efforts

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe highly evaluated the African Union Commission's (AUC) efforts for peace and stability in the Central Africa.

Shinzo, during a bilateral meeting with AUC's Chairperson MoussaFakiMahamat on the side-lines of the recently ended Seventh Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD7) also commented AUC's mediation in Sudan and the AU's activities in the economic field including the effectuation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

Japan also expects to further promote the cooperation between Japan and the AUC in a more visible manner and we wish for advanced cooperation in the field of human resources development for youth and infrastructure development, Abe told Mahamat.

He further added that in cooperating with ACU, TICAD will be a success.

In response, Chairperson Mahamat expressed appreciation to Japan's cooperation in the TICAD process.

He also expressed his desire to expand investment from Japanese companies to Africa, explaining the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD's) restructured to African Union Development Agency (AUDA).

Mahamat also welcomed the exchange of opinions and information on the African situations as well as discussion on cooperation between Japan and the AU including cooperation in the international arena.

Meanwhile during a similar, but separate meeting with UN Secretary-General AntonioGuterres, the PM said that TICAD7 would focus on health development including environment and disaster, risk reduction and climate change, ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 scheduled for September.

Source: Namibia Press Agency