Steps on way to help African security

JIJI

Japan plans to unveil a package of measures in June to help African countries maintain security and prevent armed conflicts, government officials said.

The measures will be announced when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with African leaders to discuss support for the region, the officials said.

The Tokyo International Conference on African Development is scheduled to take place in Yokohama from June 1 to 3.

The TICAD process has so far focused on support for the region’s infrastructure and economic development. But the deadly hostage crisis in Algeria last month made it necessary to come up with steps to ensure peace and stability in Africa to promote the region’s development, a senior official at the Foreign Ministry said.

Possible measures include support for strengthening customs procedures and border security to crack down on drugs and arms trafficking as well as for training security personnel.