Tokyo names new Africa team
The Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yoshimasa Hayashi, just named a new Africa director. The Ministry of the Economy did the same.
The mandate of the Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) expired at the end of August. In the midst of the diplomatic crisis between Morocco and Tunisia, Taïeb Baccouche sent a request to the five member states for an extension of his mandate.
Japanese diplomats are busy preparing the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development to be held next month in Tunis. Japan has been promoting the event but there have been shortcomings in its organisation despite Tokyo's ambitious objectives for the continent.
Two months before he takes over the chairmanship of the African Union, Senegalese president Macky Sall has stepped up his diplomatic activities on the world stage. Highlights include the recent G20 summit and the upcoming peace forums in Paris and Dakar.