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PM attends Tokyo development summit

Prime Minister Motsoahae Thabane

Aug. 27, 2019 1 min read

MASERU - Prime Minister Thomas Thabane along with his delegation left Lesotho yesterday to attend the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) to be held in Yokohama, Japan from tomorrow to Friday.

According to the press attaché in the PM’s office Thabo Thakalekoala, all the 54 African countries including Lesotho have been invited to the summit. Mr Thakalekoa said issues to be discussed at the summit include among others how Japan could contribute towards the development of Africa. 

The conference he also said would discuss means to reduce debts made by the African countries. He said huge debts often hinder the development of countries. At the summit, Mr Thabane is expected to make a presentation on the state of Lesotho and how the country can be assisted to boost its economy.

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TICAD is described as a pioneer development forum on Africa led by the government of Japan since 1993 and co-hosted by the United Nations, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and African Union Commission (AUC). TICAD which is held alternately in Japan and Africa was held every 5 years until 2013 when the hosting period was cut down to three years. 

In 2016, the summit was held for the first time in Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. The PM and his entourage are expected back in Lesotho next Monday. 


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