Abe to unveil security measures at African confab next month

JIJI

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to announce measures next month to improve security in North Africa and the Sahel region, informed sources said Saturday.

Abe will announce the measures at the upcoming African development conference in Tokyo to promote private-sector investment in the regions.

The meeting, the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD V, will run from June 1 to 3 in Yokohama.

The measures will include training on immigration control, customs procedures, terrorism prevention and border security.

Japan also plans to use official development assistance to help African nations adopt the use of metal detectors and facial authentication systems.

Security concerns have been a major stumbling block to ramping up private investment in Africa. A hostage crisis at an Algerian natural gas complex resulted in the deaths of 10 Japanese in January. On Thursday, a uranium mine in Niger was bombed.

A public-private council for promoting the African development conference has recently called for a united effort by Japan, Africa and the international community to tackle piracy, terrorism and other cross-border issues in the region.