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2007 AEC - The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Framework for Strategic Collaboration in Trade and Investment between Africa and Asia


The TICAD framework for strategic co-operation in trade and investment between Africa and Asia is presented in this paper as the basis for enhanced partnership as spelt out in the Millennium Development Goal 8 for the promotion of African Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). The paper outlines the outcome and lessons learned from the Fourth Africa-Asia Business Forum (AABF IV) held from February 12 to 14 2007 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It provides a succinct overview of past AABF for an analysis of the strategic orientation of the AABF series, including support for financing African SMEs and women’s increased participation in international trade and investment.

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