Keynote Speech by JICA-President Ogata Sadako
The conference of the Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation will deal with bilateral and global issues of development cooperation. The conference will seek to examine the preconditions and values of the approaches of both countries and look for possibilities and areas for effective cooperation. Which concepts underline the development policies of both countries? How similar are their approaches and interests? The involvement of both countries in the African continent will be the focus of discussions.
Japan and Germany ascribe great significance to their individual responsibility in caring for the impoverished or those touched by catastrophes around the world. For example JICA (The Japan International Cooperation Agency) is one of the largest aid and development organizations in the world. JICA has permanent offices in almost 100 countries and leads projects in more than 150 nations with approx. 8.5 millions dollars in annual funding to finance its efforts.
This year’s conference will take place within the framework of the JDZB’s focal topic “Global Responsibility” and be followed by a conference held by JICA in Japan next year.
Conference Languages: German, English, Japanese (with simultaneous translation)