Japan-Côte d’Ivoire Summit Meeting
On August 26, commencing at 12:08 (local time; 6:08 p.m. Japan time) for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who was visiting Nairobi, Kenya to attend the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), held a Japan-Côte d’Ivoire Summit Meeting with H.E.Mr. Alassane Dramane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister Abe wholeheartedly welcomed President Ouattara’s attendance at TICAD VI, and stated his desire to cooperate to make the first TICAD to be held in Africa a success. In response, President Ouattara stated that holding TICAD in Africa is of historical and symbolic significance and an honor, and expressed gratitude for Japan’s enthusiasm for Africa expressed through TICAD.
- Following this, the two leaders announced the commencement of negotiations for a bilateral investment treaty in order to encourage the further entry of Japanese businesses into Côte d’Ivoire, and concurred to cooperate towards its early conclusion.
- Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe announced the intent to implement grant aid for the establishment of a landing area and provide loan aid (up to 10.869 billion yen) for the construction of a cereal berth at the Port of Abidjan. In response, President Ouattara expressed his gratitude, stating that assistance from Japan gives hope to the people of Côte d’Ivoire.
- The two leaders also exchanged views on such matters as African development and cooperation in the international arena including United Nations Security Council reform.