Japan to Host TICAD Joint Monitoring Committee

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Addis Ababa, 14 March 2014 (WIC) - The Joint Monitoring Committee of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Process will be held on 14 March 2014, at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Research Center in Tokyo, Japan.

The Joint Monitoring Committee of the TICAD Process will be chaired by Ambassador Yoshifumi Okamura, Director-General for African Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and will be attended by representatives of the ministries concerned, government agencies, TICAD co-organizers (the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations, the United Nations Development Program, and the World Bank), the Permanent Representatives Committee of the African Union (PRC), African Diplomatic Corps, New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), international organizations and the donor countries.

According to a press release Japanese Embassy in Ethiopia sent to WIC, the Joint Monitoring Committee is designed to serve as a venue to ensure a more effective monitoring and follow-up of the TICAD process by the Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. The committee will discuss preparations for the first TICAD V Ministerial Meeting and documents produced therein.

The Yokohama Action Plan for 2013-2017 sets forth the Joint Secretariat (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, African Union Commission, UNOSAA, UNDP and World Bank); the Joint Monitoring Committee and the Follow-up Meetings (Annual Senior Officials and Ministerial Meetings and a Summit (every 5 years)) as a three-tier structure of follow up.