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At the invitation of the African Development Bank Group, the President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Sadako Ogata, will be making a presentation on Monday June 15, 2009, on “Peace and Development in Africa: Uphold the Condition”.
The presentation falls within the framework of the AfDB Eminent Speakers' Programme in which prominent personalities such as heads of state, Nobel Laureates, distinguished researchers such as Abdou Diouf, Jacques Attali, Festus Mogae have participated.
According to Mrs. Ogata, peace is prerequisite for the development of Africa. Measures for reinforcement by African countries themselves are to be appreciated, and it is necessary for donors and international organizations such as JICA and AfDB to implement positive and comprehensive support. In order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, sustained economic growth is important. It is necessary to ensure that development benefits reach people and communities by supporting economic growth and reinforcing social safety nets.
Mrs. Ogata's presence in Tunisia will also be marked by a series of discussions with high-level government officials and a visit of projects carried out within the framework of Japanese cooperation in Tunisa such as the Goulette-Rades bridge or the Borj Cedria science park.
A former UN Commissioner for refugees (1991 – 2001) and currently the Japan International Cooperation Agency president, this 81-year global emblematic figure of noble humanitarian causes continues to share her vision and provide her support for the most underpriviledged.