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Prime Minister returns from Japan trip

MASERU — Prime Minister Tom Thabane and his delegation arrived back in the country yesterday after attending the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 5) at Yokohama in Japan.
TICAD 5 was held from June 1 to 3.

The conference focused on robust and sustainable, inclusive and resilient society as well as consolidating peace, security, stability, democracy and good governance in Africa. During the conference Thabane had a meeting with the chairman of Tokushukai Medical Corporation, a Japanese company specialising in treatment of kidneys.

The company donated 10 dialysis machines to Lesotho in March 2011. Thabane also paid a courtesy call to the Fukushima governor, Yohei Sato. He also visited Soma city which is still battling to recover from the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and Tsunami. TICAD 5 is expected to come up with two important documents that include the Yokohama Declaration of 2013 and the Yokohama Action Plan of 2013/2017.
He indicated that these documents will define new areas for bilateral cooperation between Japan and African countries in the next four years.

In an interview, Prime Minister Press Secretary, Thabo Thakalekoala said Lesotho is currently benefiting in a number of areas through its partnership with Japan. He said the two countries are cooperating in education, health, climate change, water sector, information technology, capacity building and food security.
The conference also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the TICAD and the 50th anniversary of the African Union.

Thabane’s delegation included Foreign Affairs Minister Mohlabi Tsekoa, Minister of Finance Leketekete Ketso, the Government Secretary Motlatsi Ramafole, Development Planning Minister Moeketsi Majoro and his Principal Secretary Lerotholi Pheko. TICAD was launched in 1993 as a multilateral framework through which the Japanese negotiate bilateral cooperation with different African countries. — Lena

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