Past TICAD MeetingThe Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8) will be held from August 27 to 28 in Tunis, Tunisia, and is expected to advance cooperation between Japan and African countries.
High-level event brings together Heads of State and Government from Africa, Japan, the United Nations and the World Bank to engage in dialogue on issues related to economic growth, trade and investment , sustainable development, human security, peace and stability in Africa.
The meeting will focus on three themes; achieve sustainable and inclusive growth with reduced economic inequalities; achieve a sustainable and resilient society based on human security, and build lasting peace and stability by supporting Africa’s own efforts.
The government of Japan has led the conference since 1993, co-organized by the United Nations (UN), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC).
TICAD will be held in Africa for the second time after Kenya hosted one in 2016.
The conference provides an open forum that generates innovative discussions between different stakeholders on Africa’s development.
Miyashita Tadayuki, Deputy Director General of the African Affairs Department of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, while briefing the media on the meeting recently, said that this year’s conference will feature plenary sessions and a business forum which will be held in person while other official side events will be held online.
The business form will focus on how to accelerate Japanese investment in Africa.
“We will discuss the economy to accelerate investment; civil society to build a resilient and sustainable society; peace and stability to support Africa-led efforts to achieve lasting peace and stability,” he said.
He added that given the complexity of the international community due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the situation in Ukraine, Japan and African countries will discuss how to create a sustainable world together.
“Japan will chart a course for Africa’s development looking ahead to the post-COVID-19 era, highlighting Japan’s strengths of quality growth and people focus,” explained Miyashita.
“Japan will also contribute to enhancing food security in Africa to address the African food crisis which has been deteriorated by the situation in Ukraine,” Miyashita said.
Miyashita said 54 African countries are expected along with representatives from Japan, UNDP, the World Bank and the AUC.
Ahead of TICAD8, the continent’s key development stakeholders gathered in South Africa on June 21 to discuss how to advance Africa’s economic integration to achieve resilient and inclusive socio-economic development. . The key was how to promote the implementation of the AfCFTA.
During the presentation, Nakamura Kato Ryuichi, Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said that African ownership will be a key theme of TICAD8, adding that the idea goes hand in hand with the concept of human security, the principle of people-centered development that guides JICA’s work.
JICA will hold 26 online side events during TICAD8 from August 22 to 26.
They will discuss areas such as agriculture, decent work, regional integration, peace, academic exchange, climate change, resilient economy, youth and human resources, nutrition, human security, vaccines, the private sector, natural resource management, green energy and justice. .