OF THE MINISTERIAL-LEVEL MEETING
Of the Tokyo International Conference on African
Development (TICAD) (draft)
4 December 2001, Tokyo Japan
The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial-level meeting was held on 3 and 4 December, 2001, in Tokyo with participation of the Ministers and Heads of Delegations and senior officials, representing 52 African countries and 27 partner countries as well as international, regional and sub-regional organizations.
This meeting was organized in the context of high level forums promoted by the TICAD process to build effective partnerships around critical development issues. H. E. Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, Prime Minister of Japan, made the opening speech and H. E. Mr. Alpha Oumar Konare, President of the Republic of Mali, delivered the keynote address. These statements set the tone of the meeting and inspired the active and friendly exchange of views on issues of concern.
The meeting provided a valuable opportunity for a discussion at the Ministerial level of what the TICAD process had accomplished thus far and what could be expected of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Particular emphasis was placed on the following areas: (1) strengthening the foundation of development, through promotion of peace; (2)investing in people, focus on human resource development, education and health sectors; and (3) reducing poverty through economic growth.
In addition, South-South cooperation, particularly between Asia
and Africa as well as among African countries, regional cooperation, and ICT
were recognized as important approaches to be taken in promoting African
development. The meeting also provided a useful opportunity to engage in
dialogue with the private sector and with civil society, and there was a general
acknowledgment that the private sector could be an important force behind
sustainable development in Africa in the decades to come. Appreciation was
expressed to the Government of Senegal for hosting a preparatory meeting on
October 30-31, and the Chairman’s Summary Report adopted in Dakar, was endorsed
as a baseline document for discussion at the meeting.
Appreciation was expressed to the Government of Senegal for hosting a preparatory meeting on October 30-31, and the Chairman’s Summary Report adopted in Dakar, was endorsed as a baseline document for discussion at the meeting.
It was noted with appreciation that the TICAD process has
contributed immensely to mainstreaming African development in the agenda of the
international community. It was affirmed that the Tokyo Declaration on African
Development “Towards the 21st Century” and the Tokyo Agenda for
Action (TAA) adopted by TICAD I in 1993 and TICAD II in 1998 respectively, had
gained increasing relevance. It was
emphasized that all stakeholders need to make further efforts to achieve the
objectives set by TAA. There was an agreement among all participants as to the
importance of strengthening the monitoring of TICAD programmes and projects, by
each country and organization concerned.
meeting considered the emerging threat of international terrorism to the entire
world. However it was urged that Africa’s development be retained as one of the
highest priority items on the agenda of the international community. It was
further noted that the TICAD Ministerial-level meeting was also timely convened
to enhance the common understanding of NEPAD in advance of important meetings
including the International Conference on Financing for Development and the
Kananaskis G8 Summit Meeting.
Government of Japan, supported by other co-organizers, announced that TICADIII
would be held in the latter half of 2003.
The participants extended their high appreciation to the
government of Japan for the successful holding of the conference and its leading
role in the TICAD process. They
also commended the valuable contributions made by other co-organizers in moving
the TICAD process forward. Finally, they expressed their gratitude to the people
of Japan for the hospitality that has been shown to them during their stay in