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【METI Mobile】6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) a Success in Nairobi

State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Matsumura watching a signing ceremony

The 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), jointly organized between Japan and its African partners, was held in Nairobi, Kenya on August 27-28.

73 MOUs to Accelerate Business Activities

At TICAD VI, as many as 70 business leaders from Japan joined Prime Minister Abe for talks with 26 African heads of state and government, as well as leaders from international organizations. Participants signed 73 memorandums of understanding (MOUs) covering a broad range of fields from infrastructure and human resource development to energy and natural resources.

Geothermal Power for 3 Million African Households

During the conference, State Minister Matsumura from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced plans to continue Japan’s contributions toward quality infrastructure development in Africa, particularly electric power infrastructure. Japan will leverage its technology and knowhow to provide comprehensive assistance for the development of geothermal power, aiming to supply electricity to around 3 million African households over the next six years.

Public-Private Cooperation

Africa is no longer simply a recipient of development assistance, but has come into its own as a global business partner. In order to do business successfully in Africa, productive dialogues between partner governments and Japanese businesses are more essential than ever. TICAD VI helped facilitate the establishment of the “Japan-Africa Public and Private Economic Forum,” a platform for Japan and Africa’s public and private sectors to engage in dialogue and work together to promote investment.

Looking Ahead to 2019

At TICAD VI, Prime Minister Abe described Africa as a “continent on which the hopes of the world rest.” Japan will work in steady partnership with Africa as the continent and its local markets continue to develop and grow. Progress from TICAD VI will be reviewed at next TICAD, to be held in Japan in 2019.

State Minister Matsumura speaking with President Adesina of the African Development Bank
(State Minister Matsumura speaking with President Adesina of the African Development Bank )

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