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Liberian leader attends Japan summit on African development

Posted by African Press International on May 27, 2008

Publisher: Korir, africanpress@getmail.no source.apa

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has left the country for Tokyo, Japan to participate in the Fourth International Conference on African Development which opens in the city of Yokohama on Wednesday.
According to a presidential mansion press statement issued here Sunday, President Johnson-Sirleaf was invited by the Japanese government to participate in the conference.

The statement said during the three-day conference, delegates will discuss the underlying challenges facing the African continent, such as the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the looming food crisis, poverty eradication, regional integration and infrastructure development.

The conference, which is being held under the theme Towards a Vibrant Africa: Continent of Hope and Opportunity, will also discuss approaches towards boosting economic growth, consolidation of peace and security and address environment/climate change issues.

President Sirleaf will deliver the keynote address on the Challenges of Gender Equity in Infrastructure Reconstruction in Liberia, and participate in a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities of high food prices.

The panel discussion, which will feature personalities like the World Bank President Robert Zoellick, Josestte Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Program and Lenard Bage, President of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)),will be chaired by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, who is also current chairman of the African Union.

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