Japan-Madagascar Summit Meeting

On August 27, commencing at 11:10 a.m. 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-Madagascar Summit Meeting with H.E.Mr. Rakotoarimanana Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina, President of the Republic of Madagascar. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

At the start of the meeting, Prime Minister Abe expressed his intention to ensure that the first TICAD meeting to be held in Africa is a success. In response, President Rajaonarimampianina noted that Japan and Madagascar have a history of friendship lasting more than 50 years and that Japan has an image of high quality and technological advancement in Madagascar.

President Rajaonarimampianina voiced appreciation for the major investment by a Japanese company in a nickel-related project in Madagascar as evidence of Japan#39;s trust in the country. President Rajaonarimampianina explained that Madagascar is striving for political and economic stability, and also promised to provide all necessary support for investments by Japanese companies.

Prime Minister Abe stated Japan#39;s intention to provide a yen loan of approximately 45.2 billion yen for the Toamasina port expansion project and his hope that the project will utilize high-level technology from Japanese companies to build quality infrastructure. President Rajaonarimampianina expressed his gratitude for this assistance. Prime Minister Abe also expressed his support for efforts by President Rajaonarimampianina to promote economic growth and eradicate corruption.

The two leaders exchanged opinions on cooperation in the international arena, including United Nations Security Council reform, among other subjects.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.