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Vol 1 (AAC) No 5

Published 1st March 2008

From Tokyo to Bamako

Japan is increasing its visibility in Mali and the rest of Africa in preparation for the TICAD IV and G8 summits

Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré (ATT) finally has something to show for his consistent performance as one of Japan's biggest proponents in Africa with the opening of the Japanese Embassy in Bamako on 7 March. Ambassador to Cape Verde, Gambia, Mauritania and Senegal, Takashi Saito, officially opened the mission, flanked by Mali's Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane. Bamako became the seat of Japan's 27th embassy in Africa, putting it on par with Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea as the only other Francophone West African countries to host a Japanese embassy.

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