Japan PM to visit Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, 6 January 2014 (WIC) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Ethiopia this week.

Abe will commit some 10 billion yen to Ethiopia for the construction of a geothermal power plan.

The premier will also visit Mozambique, Ivory Coast and Oman. The premier is expected to provide over 60 billion yen ($577 million) in loans to Mozambique for the construction of highways.

Officials from some 50 Japanese corporations are likely to accompany the Prime Minister.

At the Tokyo International Conference on International Development in June, Abe said "Africa will be a growth centre over the next couple of decades" and Japan must make a commitment in a way that would benefit both sides. (straitstimes.com)