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India, Japan discuss political, economic engagements with Africa

June 16, 2011 - New Delhi

India and Japan held wide ranging discussions regarding their respective political and economic engagements with Africa; the current security and political situation in various parts of Africa; and issues emanating from Africa with regional and global bearing during the two-day 'Second India-Japan Dialogue on Africa', which was held here.

The two sides extensively shared their views and experiences with regard to the India Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) and the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). They also discussed the possibility of devising coordinated efforts directed towards Africa's socio-economic development.

The Japanese delegation was led by Sumio Kusaka, Director General for African Affairs in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Kusaka is also Personal Representative of the Japanese Prime Minister, for Africa.

The Indian delegation was led by Gurjit Singh, Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs.

The Japanese delegation had fruitful exchanges on trade and commerce related issues with the CII and also participated in a Round Table Academic Exchange on Africa organized by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA).

The India-Japan Dialogue on Africa is now an institutionalized event held biannually. The inaugural dialogue was held in Tokyo in October 2010 and the next round is scheduled to take place in Tokyo.


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