As part of efforts to reduce poverty and to bring growth to Africa, Japan proposed the establishment of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) as a forum for high-level policy dialogue. The first TICAD was held in 1993. The conferences have stressed the importance of an evolution of African “ownership” and a broadening partnership with the international community. Japan hosts the summit-level conferences every five years, and the fifth conference, TICAD V, will be held in Yokohama 1-3 June 2013, co-hosted by the Government of Japan, the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Offce of the Special Advisor on Africa (UNOSAA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank. Its stakeholders include all African countries and development partners including international/regional organizations, donor nations, Asian countries, the private sector and civil society organizations.