[16th May 2012]

KENYA FOREIGN MINISTER ATTENDS THE FOURTH TICAD IV MINISTERIAL FOLLOW-UP MEETING IN MARRAKECH, THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO ON MAY 5-6, 2012

Kenyan Foreign Minister Hon. Prof. Sam Ongeri led the Kenyan delegation to the fourth TICAD IV Ministerial follow-up meeting in Marrakech, the Kingdom of Morocco. The delegation comprised Kenya's Ambassador to Japan, Ben H.O. Ogutu, Amb. John L. Lanyasunya, Director Asia and Australasia Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kenya among other senior Government officials from Nairobi. The focus of the meeting was to inter alia review progress on the implementation of the Yokohama Action Plan (YAP) as well as to commence discussions on the forthcoming TICAD V; discuss Africa's Current Economic Growth and Underlying Challenges; review status of achievements of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa; discuss Consolidation of Peace and Good Governance in Africa as well as Climate Change issues.

During the meeting, the Hon. Minister Ongeri was a lead panelist in the session that discussed, climate changeClick for Minister's Statement

At the end of the meeting a Communiqué was issued. The major highlights being:

  1. The participants welcomed Japan's announcement to hold the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD V) in the city of Yokohama on June 1-3, 2013, which will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the TICAD process. They expressed their firm determination to work closely together to ensure the success of TICAD V, bearing in mind that the contribution the TICAD process has made to African development since 1993.
  2. The participants reviewed the current status of African development and had extensive discussions on expected major themes, format and approach of TICAD V. The Participants agreed that, given the phenomenal economic development recently observed in various parts of the continent, TICAD V will place renewed emphasis on boosting economic growth, while keeping its focus on reducing poverty and vulnerability in African countries. The participants shared the view that TICAD V will be a milestone towards achieving more inclusive and sustainable growth and building resilient societies in the continent.

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