On August 27, commencing at 11:50 a.m. (local time; 5:50 p.m. Japan time) for approximately 25 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-Senegal Summit Meeting with H.E. Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
At the start of the meeting, Prime Minister Abe expressed a heartfelt welcome to President Sall for his attendance at TICAD VI and stated his intention to work together for the success of the first TICAD meeting to be held in Africa. President Sall expressed his great appreciation for the extremely hopeful message delivered by Prime Minister Abe at the opening ceremony, saying that it is a reflection of Prime Minister Abe#39;s and Japan#39;s commitment to Africa. He also offered his cooperation for TICAD.
Prime Minister Abe stated Japan#39;s intention to provide a yen loan of approximately 27.4 billion yen for the Mamelles Sea Water Desalination Plant Construction Project, which aims to improve access to safe water for the people of Senegal. In addition, Prime Minister Abe stated Japan#39;s intention to promote Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Senegal, as well as to provide a yen loan of approximately 8.4 billion yen as part of such efforts.
In response, President Sall expressed gratitude for Japan#39;s provision of loans for both projects. He also noted Japan#39;s longstanding assistance in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, health care, and environment, and expressed his high expectations for assistance in a wide range of fields, including human resource develpment.
In addition, the two leaders exchanged views on African development and cooperation in the international arena, including United Nations Security Council reform, among other subjects, taking into account the fact that both countries are currently serving as non-permanent member countries of the United Nations Security Council.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.