Japan to invite Sata for TICAD

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—The Japanese government intends to invite President Michael Sata for the forthcoming 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) slated for June, this year,


And Japanese Ambassador to Zambia, Akio Egawa, says the Patriotic Front (PF) government has made great strides in implementing its pro-poor policies as outlined in its party manifesto.


Speaking in an interview with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Lusaka today, Ambassador Egawa explained that the Japanese government intends to invite President Sata to deliver a keynote address at the conference.


Mr Egawa further explained that President Sata will be among other African Heads of State and governments, and other international dignitaries.


He pointed out that the conference will discuss issues that will accelerate development on the continent ahead of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.


Mr Egawa hoped that President Sata will share with other world and international leaders solutions to some global problems.


Meanwhile, Mr Egawa said the Patriotic Front government is on the right path in implementing some of its election promises especially on pro-poor policies.


He implored Zambians to support the government in its efforts to better their lives through its socio-economic programmes.


TICAD started in 1993 and is held every five years.