Japan-African Engagement: The Outcomes of TICAD IV and the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit Agenda
Japan hosts the G8 in 2008 and African development is a key focus of its agenda. The fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) was held from 28-30 May 2008, to map out African priorities to bring to the G8 as well as to enhance Japan's relationship with Africa. Japan was in fact asked at the summit to represent Africa at the G8. Japan is in a unique position to improve both South-South cooperation and Western cooperation with Africa given its experience of rapid development and that of its neighbours over the last 40 years.
This international conference at Chatham House, supported by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will bring together experts from Japan, Africa and Europe to examine the outcomes of TICAD IV, and how they may influence G8 discussions on Africa to reflect African priorities.