Pohamba thanks Japan for assistance

31 Jul 2013 02:30
WINDHOEK, 31 JUL (NAMPA) – Japanese Ambassador to Namibia, Yutaka Yoshizawa on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on President Hifikepunye Pohamba to deliver a letter from his Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, thanking him for attending the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) in June this year.
In his welcoming remarks, Pohamba thanked the Japanese Premier for inviting African leaders to attend the TICAD V, which took place in Yokohama, Japan.
“We, as African leaders, represented our people at such a very important conference, and appreciate the offer the Prime Minister of Japan had made to assist the African people,” he noted.
During the official opening session of the meeting in Yokohama, Shinzo Abe announced his country's pledge of US dollars 32 billion (N.dollars 304 billion) for Africa's economic growth, and other support over the next five years.
The Premier reiterated his desire to see that the next conference, TICAD VI, be held in Africa, instead of in his country, which had hosted all five previous meetings.
Pohamba said it was an opportunity for leaders to consult each other during the conference.
The Japanese Ambassador, who is based in Pretoria, South Africa, said apart from handing-over the letter, the meeting on Tuesday also served as an opportunity to discuss some projects such as the Master Plan Study for the Development of International Health in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, including the Master Plan for Agriculture and Livestock.
Both Pohamba and Yoshizawa expressed hope that the projects would greatly benefit Namibia.