Japan-Ghana Foreign Ministers Meeting

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On August 27, from 2:25 p.m. (local time; same day, 10:25 p.m. JST) for about 25 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, visiting Tunisia to attend the 8th Tokyo International Conference on Development of Africa (TICAD 8), held a Foreign Ministers Meeting with HE Mrs. Shirley Ayorkor BOTCHWEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana. The outline of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Botchwey for her participation in TICAD 8 identical to the previous edition. Minister Hayashi expressed his hope for the development of an investment environment to deepen economic relations and said Japan intends to cooperate in areas such as health and transportation infrastructure. In response, Minister Botchwey expressed her condolences to former Prime Minister Abe, and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude. Minister Botchwey then mentioned the major role played by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in the fight against COVID-19, and expressed her gratitude for Japan’s longstanding support to Ghana. Both sides confirmed that they are working on the development of bilateral relations, including the promotion of Japanese investments and the development of human resources in Ghana.
  2. Minister Hayashi then said that it was essential for the international community to cooperate in its response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, and that Japan would continue to contribute to strengthening food security in Africa. Minister Botchwey said Africa’s food security vulnerabilities have already started to materialize in the form of price hikes and she appreciates Japan’s support. Minister Hayashi also stressed the importance of transparency and fairness in development financing and both sides confirmed their cooperation.
  3. In addition, the two sides agreed to continue working together to address regional and international issues, such as North Korea, including on nuclear, missile and abduction issues and strengthening UN functions. as a whole, including the reform of the Security Council. They also confirmed that they would coordinate to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

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