‘Japan shows more respect for Africa’

6 Jun

Jammeh suggests that Japanese companies establish more businesses in Africa. Independent observers say Japan is trying to break into an economic emerging Africa, where China, America and Europe are the leading trade and development cooperation partners. (Photo Credit: SEYLLOU/AFP/2011)

By Modou S. Joof

The Gambian President on Tuesday argued that Japan shows more respect to Africa than the West, and calls on the Asian economic giant to invest more in the continent.

“Japan has never colonised any country in Africa,” Yahya Jammeh told State Radio on Tuesday following his return from the Japan-Africa summit held in Tokyo.

Mr Jammeh suggests that Japanese companies establish businesses in Africa to enable the continent access their products directly instead of relying on secondary sources like the West – to buy Japan-made products.

Japan-Africa joint ventures

Also, he wants to see Japanese companies enter into joint investment projects with African Governments.

“We want to see Japanese companies going into joint ventures with African Governments to exploit our natural resources,” he said on June 4, 2013.

The Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TCAD, which closed on Monday, attended by more than 30 African countries, was meant to discuss bilateral trade and development between Japan and Africa.

Independent observers say Japan is trying to break into an economic emerging Africa, where China, America and Europe are the leading trade and development cooperation partners.

‘We have to work together’

Exactly one week ago, Jammeh blasted Western Governments which he accuses of linking Africans to HIV/AIDS, drug trafficking and dictatorship.

“Anywhere you should stand as an African all what the West think of is that you are either HIV positive, a drug dealer or a dictator,” Yahya Jammeh told State TV upon return from Addis Ababa at the end of the AU’s 21st General Assembly and OAU’s golden jubilee.

On May 28, Mr Jammeh also argues that African leaders have now realised that “We have to work together”.

“Africa is the richest continent on earth in terms of mineral resources and we have human resource too,” Jammeh said last Tuesday. “If Japan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar can develop, why can’t the continent of Africa develop? Now we realised that we have to work together.”

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