Opening of the African Development Bank Group External Representation Office for Asia / Press Conference by President Donald Kaberuka

AfDB will open an External Representation Office for Asia in Tokyo as its first office located outside Africa

TOKYO, Japan, October 15, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ ? On October 15, 2012, the African Development Bank Group (http://www.afdb.org), an international financial institution founded to promote the development of Africa, will open the External Representation Office for Asia in Tokyo as its first office located outside Africa. With economic ties between Asia and Africa growing increasingly close, the new office aspires to be a bridge between the two regions, committed to supporting various projects conducive to the further enhancement of exchanges. While visiting Japan to attend the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Mr. Donald Kaberuka, the President of the African Development Bank Group, will hold a press conference at the Imperial Hotel after holding an opening ceremony for the Tokyo Office.

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Press Conference

Date: Monday, October 15, 2012, 11:00-11:45 am Venue: Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Peacock South Room Language: Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation

Chairperson: Mr. Raymond Zate Zoukpo, Director-Office of Chief Operating Officer and First Vice President AfDB (speaking in Japanese)

The press conference will also be attended by Mr. Takehiko Nakao, Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, and Mr. Yoshifumi Okamura, Director-General of the African Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who will answer questions on related topics.

Note: Participants in the press conference need to be registered at the reception counter at the entrance. If you would like to shoot video, please consult the office in advance.

Opening Ceremony

Date: Monday, October 15, 2012, 10:30 am Venue: New Tokyo Office (NBF Hibiya

Building, 7F, 1-1-7, Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

Note: A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10:30 am. Due to space limitations at the office, please consult the office in advance if you would like to see or take pictures of the ceremony.

Commemorative Reception for Africa

Date: Monday, October 15, 2012, 12:00-2:00 pm (doors will open at 11:30 am)

Venue: Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Peacock Room

Note: A commemorative reception for Africa will be held following the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, when preparatory work for TICAD V to be held in June 2013 will be fully underway. Participants in the press conference will be admitted upon presenting their name cards at the press reception counter.

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of the African Development Bank.

Contact

Publicity: Mamoru Endo

TEL: 080-5500-3366????E-mail: [email protected]

SOURCE

African Development Bank (AfDB)

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