Debswana, in collaboration with the Botswana Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, will next week from the 18th until the 31st of May, showcase the role that diamonds have played in the development of Botswana.
This event will take place in Yokohama city as part of the activities to mark the 4th Tokyo International Conference in Africa Development (TICAD IV) which began on the 1st of May 2008.
Debswana is expected to put up an exhibition at the Minami Subway Station in the city of Yokohama. According to the release, the subway has been designated ‘Botswana’ for the duration of the TICAD IV activities.
Debswana is also co-sponsoring Phate Ya Setso traditional dance troupe, which will perform at various places and events as part of the monthÔÇôlong planned activities. Still at this event, Debswana will host a Diamond Gala Dinner and hold a seminar for a selected audience of business, government leaders and the media to promote the diamonds for good and the Botswana story.
The Managing Director of Debswana, Blackie Marole, will not be able to attend this show and he will be represented by Debswana Group Public and Corporate Affairs Manager, Ester Kanaimba, who will be accompanied by Amilia Malebane, the Public Relations Manager for Debswana.
TICAD was launched in 1993 to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners. TICAD has since evolved into a major global framework to facilitate the implementation of initiatives for promoting African development under the dual principle of African “ownership” and international “partnership”. A central feature of this framework is the cooperation between Asia and Africa.
Under the theme “Towards a Vibrant Africa: A Continent of Hope and Opportunity”, TICAD IV is expected to address the following priority areas: boosting economic growth, ensuring “human security”, including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the consolidation of peace and democratization; and addressing environmental issues and climate change. Results from TICAD IV are expected to be fed into the G-8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit hosted by Japan from 7 to 9 July, 2008.
TICAD enjoys the joint support of co-organizers, namely the Government of Japan, the Global Coalition for Africa (GCA), the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (UN-OSAA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank. Its stakeholders include all African countries and development partners, including Asian countries, donor nations, international agencies, civil society organizations, the private sector and parliaments.