Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leading a delegation of senior government officials and businessmen, will begin an official visit to Côte d’Ivoire on Friday, PANA reported here Wednesday, quoting a communiqué from the Ivorian Foreign Affairs Ministry.
According to the communiqué, the Japanese PM will meet with the Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, with whom he’ll discuss issues of common interest to the two countries.
A Summit of Heads of States of ECOWAS member States, to which the Japanese businessmen have been invited, and a judo competition, are also on the programme of Abe's visit.
This is the first visit of the Japanese Prime Minister to West Africa. From Cote d'Ivoire he will go to Mozambique and Ethiopia.
At the fifth Tokyo International Conference for the Development of Africa (TICAD V), held in Yokohama in June 2013, Japan had announced a public aid, worth 10.6 billion euros, for the development of Africa.