With abundant natural resources and a rapidly growing population, the African continent has much potential for growth. By 2050, it is expected that the African continent will foster one-fourth of the global population. Although Africa is currently facing challenges and difficulties in some countries such as political instability and economic stagnation, I believe that Africa will successfully manage them to develop and become the growth center of the global economy in the coming decades.

From Aug. 28 to 30, Japan is going to host The Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) in Yokohama. TICAD is a summit-level international conference on Africa's development initiated by Japan in 1993, and co-organized by the United Nations, United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank and the African Union Commission.