Togo’s leader meets with Japanese Premier in wake of TICAD 8 summit

Togo President Faure Gnassigbe wrapped Thursday an official visit to Japan during which he met with Premier Fumio Kishida, one month after 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) summit held in Tunisia.

The Togolese leader, his office said in a statement, also attended the funerals of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe killed in a gun attack while he was on campaign trail.

The African leader also met with Japan’s monarch Naruhito on September 28.

The meeting with Kishida, extended to the two countries’ delegations, mainly focused on the priorities of the partnership between Togo and the Land of the Rising Sun. The two countries maintain indeed a multiform cooperation marked by several agreements and conventions in the diplomatic, strategic and economic fields, the presidential office said in the statement.

The meeting with Kishida comes on the heels of the TICAD 8 summit held late last month in Tunisia. Japan vowed to invest $30 billion in Africa. Togo was present at the gathering.

Japan is present in the West African country via its International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and has invested in several areas including infrastructure, food security, health and planning.

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