On 16 October 1998 from 9.30–17.30 hours there will be a high-level open forum on the future of African development at the United Nations University Headquarters.
Forum participants will discuss opportunities and challenges for African development in order to inform the discussions at the Second Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD II) scheduled for 19–21 October.
In particular, the public forum will focus on the challenges of poverty reduction, of strengthening Africa’s participation in the global economy and of revitalizing the state in Africa. It will also highlight the future policy directions in international agencies.
The Forum will provide a rare opportunity in Japan to hear directly from African policy makers and researchers. The forum is being organized with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), and marks the first time that an African research organization has co-organized such an activity in Tokyo.
The keynote speaker will be Cassim Chilumpha, Minister of Finance, Republic of Malawi.
Panellists will include: Ruth Kagia (World Bank); Thandika Mkandawire (Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development); Lekoma Mothibatsela (Office of the President, Botswana); Delphin Rwegasira (AERC); and Woldu Gabre Michael (African Development Bank).
Simultaneous English-Japanese interpretation will be provided. There also will be an opportunity for open discussion. The forum's programme is attached here.
Speakers and panellists will be available for a press briefing immediately following the forum at 17.30 hours.
Media representatives are cordially invited to attend.
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For further information, please contact:
UNU Public Affairs Section
Tel.: (03) 5467–1243, –1246
Fax: (03) 3406–7346.