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Vol 4 (AAC) No 7

Published 1st May 2011

From Dakar to Durban

Tokyo has a global policy agenda and it sees Africa, with more than 50 countries and UN votes, as a valuable ally

Japan played a diplomatic blinder in Dakar in May, collecting not just a sackful of goodwill but solid sub-Saharan support for two of its key international priorities – action on climate change and United Nations Security Council reform. The Senegalese capital was the location of the Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development Ministerial Follow-up Meeting – a gathering that was a lot more political, and warmly so, than its technocratic title might suggest. Formally, this was just the latest in a rolling series of high-level events that began back in 1993 with the first TICAD, and whose last big milestone came in Yokohama in 2008. But the 1-2 May meeting in Dakar became much more than just a routine follow-up.

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