Final preparations are underway in the Japanese city of Yokohama which will next week host a three-day conference on economic cooperation between Japan and African countries.
The Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD, has been held on a regular basis since 1993. Japan has been leading the conference which is co-hosted by the United Nations and other organizations.
The seventh TICAD will open next Wednesday. Leaders from 54 African countries will take part to discuss ways to strengthen economic relations with Japan, promote aid in development and other issues.
The conference will be overseen by 550 foreign ministry and other officials as well as 250 volunteers, mainly university students.
At the newly set-up office of the conference's secretariat, staff are working to adjust schedules with participating countries and confirm details of related events.
Among the attendees will be Japanese and African business leaders who will discuss how to improve the environment for expanding private investment and trade and foster human resources. Also on the agenda will be climate change, food security, refugees and migrants, and other issues facing African nations.