Despite Maneuvers of Host Country, Mozambique, TICAD Preserves its Format Without So-called "SADR"

The format of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) has not changed and its meetings remain open only to African states recognized by Japan, which excludes the so-called "SADR", said a source close to the Moroccan delegation that takes part in a TICAD meeting in Maputo, Mozambique.


Despite the maneuvers of the host country, Mozambique, TICAD preserves its format, thanks to the clear and constant position of Morocco and Japan regarding the presence of the so-called "SADR", the source pointed out.


The TICAD ministerial meeting, which is taking place in Maputo (August 23-25), has seen numerous twists, the source noted.


Indeed, while Japan has rejected the presence of the puppet entity in accordance with international legality and practices within TICAD since 1993, Mozambican authorities wanted to impose in this meeting the presence of the ghostly SADR, which was not invited by the Japanese side.


Thus, the senior officials preparatory meeting could not be held, due to the disagreement on the format but also to the refusal of some countries, notably Japan, to allow the presence of the so-called "SADR".

Moreover, the ministerial meeting has also been considerably delayed, the source said.


As a result, and as Japanese officials pointed out, the format of TICAD has not changed. It remains open only to African states recognized by Japan, which excludes the so-called "SADR".


TICAD was launched in 1993 to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners. Meetings are led by Japan and co-organised by the United Nations, UNDP, the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC).