Après les footballeurs Ronaldo (Brésil) et Zinedine Zidane (France), l’attaquant international ivoirien de Chelsea, Didier Drogba, agée de 28 ans, est nommé ambassadeur itinérant du Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (PNUD - ONU).
Prime Minister Koizumi offered encouragement to the participants during his address at the opening ceremony, saying, "Foreign assistance and support is important to any country, but what is most important is for the recipient country to have the desire to take their own initiatives for development. In the absence of such a desire, countries will not develop no matter which countries offer whatever types of support. What is of importance for Japan is to continue seeking the best support policies that will enable a great many countries to take their own initiatives, to the extent that this is possible. Efforts by the people of African countries to sell the excellent products of their own countries in Japan will make the Japanese consumers happy, and I hope that such efforts will prove to be effective for their nation-building too."
Afterwards, Prime Minister Koizumi leisurely walked around examining the regional craftworks, foods, and tourism resources being displayed at the booths from each country.
Source : OPM, Tokyo