Japan to Honor former Prime Minister of Niger

ADDIS ABABA – Japanese government is set to honor Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, the former Prime Minister of Niger and the Chief Executive Officer of AUDA-NEPAD, with the 2019 Fall Imperial Decorations.

Dr. Ibrahim will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of friendly relations and mutual understanding between Japan and Niger as well as Japan and the African Union, said Japanese embassy to African Union in a statement.

Dr. Ibrahim participated in several Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) meetings as the Prime Minister of Niger and the Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD/AUDA-NEPAD.

He “has made historical contributions in expanding the partnership with Japan for the development of Africa through his deep understanding of Japan and Japan’s cooperation in Africa,” the statement reads.

It says, as the Chief Executive Officer of AUDA-NEPAD, he has played a crucial role in creating “linkages with the Japanese private sector, in order to increase investment and trade in the African continent”.

Moreover, he started a continent-wide initiative to promote Kaizen, which is an approach originating in Japan for continuous improvement, in order to enhance industries and productions in Africa.