Peter Thoms discusses Japan’s growing interest in Africa.
“Cote D’Ivoire is the gateway to Francophone West Africa, so the fact that it was included on Abe’s agenda has made it clear that Japan believes the consumer market there is worth exploring for Japanese companies to form business ties.
It’s been estimated that there’s around 100 trillion cubic feet of natural gas off the coast of Mozambique and southern Tanzania, and because of the Fukushima disaster and Japanese nuclear plants coming off line, Japan is the largest importer of liquefied natural gas, for which they are very reliant on the Middle East. So Mozambique makes good sense for Japan.”
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