Africa’s social and economic evolution will once again be in focus when Japan hosts the seventh annual Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), in Yokohama during August.
“Under this year’s TICAD7 theme of ‘Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future’, the Japanese government will further demonstrate its determination to create a future where it grows together with the African continent through cooperation with the public, private and academic sectors, using the opportunities and policies derived at TICAD7,” says Ambassador Norio Maruyama.
TICAD7 will take place on August 28-30, 2019. As the largest international conference held in Japan, TICAD7 is expected to have over 4,500 participants. In attendance will be heads of state, government representatives, international organisations including universities, research institutes, civil societies and Non-Government Organisations from various African countries and Japan.
“TICAD will delve into the economic transformation and improvements in the business environment and institutions through private investment and innovation. Policymakers will be looking to foster an atmosphere which encourages the promotion of resilient and sustainable societies for human security. Another major focus will be on creating peace and stability as a support for Africa’s proactive efforts,” says Maruyama.
TICAD is an international conference led by the Japanese government and co-sponsored by the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the World Bank. TICAD is a policy forum where diverse stakeholders participate in and share their expertise on African development. The official side events provide all TICAD participants with an opportunity to exchange opinions and align themselves to the African continent’s development.
“The ‘Passion’ referred to in this year’s theme of TICAD 7 relates to the driving force of Africa’s remarkable growth, development and innovation despite the ever-present socio-economic challenges. It is also an encouragement to the young people of Yokohama and Japan as a whole who possess potential, which much like Africa’s, is unlimited,” concludes Maruyama.