Pohamba returns from Japan

05 Jun 2013 04:40
WINDHOEK, 05 JUN (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba arrived back home on Tuesday from Japan, where he and other African leaders attended the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) from 01 to 03 June.
The presidential Falcon jet carrying Pohamba and his delegation touched down at 19h30 at the Eros airport.
During the official opening session of the meeting on Saturday in Yokohama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his country's pledge of US$32 billion (N$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 his country, which had hosted all five previous meetings.
Pohamba was received by Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob, Defence Minister Nahas Angula, Veterans? Affairs Minister Nicky Iyambo, Foreign Affairs? Deputy Minister Peya Mushelenga and other senior Government officials.
TICAD is a high-profile platform initiated in 1993 by the Japanese Government to promote political dialogue between African leaders in a bid to take up Africa?s economic challenges.