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General News of Saturday, 24 May 2008

Source: GNA

Kufuor Off To Japan

..attends TICAD IV, World Economic Forum
Accra, May 24, GNA- President John Agyekum Kufuor left Accra for Japan on Saturday to attend the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) scheduled for May 28 to 30 in Yokohama. A statement issued by the office of the President signed by Mr Andrew Awuni, Press Secretary to the President and Presidential Spokesperson said the TICAD Conference was being organised by the Japanese government and the UN and allied bodies with the main objective of promoting African development.

It said the conference would focus on Boosting Economic Growth and Ensuring Human Security, including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and consolidation of peace.

It would also address issues relating to the environment and climate change on the African continent, the statement added. Thirty-three Heads of States, it said, would attend the conference and share their thoughts on critical aspects of the three thematic areas.

From Japan, President Kufuor would continue to Cape Town, South Africa to address the world Economic Forum on Africa. The Forum is a platform to address crucial economic and business issues in Africa and share experience on current trends in the world economy. Several world business leaders would be attending the form..