Abe lauds AUC peace and stability efforts

31 Aug 2019 15:00pm
By Isabel Bento
YOKOHAMA, 31 AUG (NAMPA) – Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, lauded the African Union Commission (AUC)’s efforts for peace and stability in the Central Africa.

Shinzo, during a bilateral meeting with AUC’s Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on the side-lines of the recently-concluded seventh Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD) also commended AUC’s mediation in Sudan and its 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, 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 that the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) had been 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 African Union, including cooperation in the international arena.

Meanwhile, during a similar but separate meeting with United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, Abe said that TICAD 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.