YOKOHAMA, Japan, May 27 (Xinhua) -- The Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) is scheduled to be held from May 28 to 30 in Yokohama, Japan.
Hundreds of delegates from all over the world, including over 40 heads of state of African countries are expected to attend the quinqennial event, under the theme "Toward a Vibrant Africa: A continent of Hope and Opportunity."
TICAD is a policy forum for African Development which Japan initiated in 1993 and has led with other co-organizers which consist of the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on African, the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank. A central feature of TICAD is the cooperation between Asia and Africa.
Since the inauguration in early 1990s, the TICAD meetings have 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".
The main objectives of TICAD are to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and their partners and to mobilize support for African-owned development initiatives.
Summit-level meetings are held every five years, while four ministerial conferences and other meetings have been held in between.
At the first conference (TICAD I), African countries and their development partners determined to do their utmost for African stability and prosperity.
At TICAD II, African countries and their development partners agreed on the Tokyo Agenda for Action (TAA), the strategic and action oriented guideline, with poverty reduction in Africa and its integration into the global economy as two fundamental goals.
Some 1,000 delegates, including 23 heads of state and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, took part in the TICAD III. African countries and their development partners reviewed the achievements of the ten year TICAD process, discussed the future direction it should take in light of the latest developments on the African continent and in the international arena, and declared the "TICAD Tenth Anniversary Declaration".
In order to strengthen the recent positive trends in Africa in both political and economic areas, concrete initiatives by the international community will be discussed at the upcoming TICAD IV.
The conference aims to mobilizes knowledge and resources of the international community in the core areas of boosting economic growth, ensuring human security and addressing environment and climate change issues.
TICAD IV is scheduled to conclude with the adoption of the "Yokohama Declaration", outlining guiding principles and approaches to African development among TICAD stakeholders, as well as the "Yokohama Action Plan and the Yokohama Follow-up Mechanism", laying out a road map for action-oriented initiatives with measurable targets.
Results from TICAD IV are expected to be fed into the G-8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit hosted by Japan from July 7 to 9, 2008.