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METI State Minister Matsumura Attended TICAD VI

From August 27 (Sat.) to 28 (Sun.), 2016, the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) Summit was held in Nairobi, the Republic of Kenya, and Mr. Yoshifumi Matsumura, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, attended the meeting. State Minister Matsumura delivered a speech at the first thematic session, attended side events, and held meetings with senior officials of participating countries. Through these efforts, and in order to contribute to the maximum possible extent towards Africa’s development, he stated that: Japan will bring to bear its advantages in technology and knowhow, including quality infrastructure development; encourage activities of the private sector; and support human resource development. At the same time, he also announced that Japan will inaugurate a Japan-Africa Public and Private Economic Forum aiming to facilitate Japan-Africa dialogues by uniting public-private efforts.

1. Attending TICAD meetings and side events

1) Delivering a speech at a thematic session of the TICAD (August 27)

State Minister Matsumura attended a TICAD thematic session focusing on promoting structural economic transformation through economic diversification and industrialization, and stated that Japan will provide African countries with a variety of support measures aiming to achieve the goals of quality infrastructure, private sector development, and human resource development. At the same time, he also announced that Japan will inaugurate a Japan-Africa Joint Economic Forum to enhance the reciprocal relationship between Japan and Africa while conducting dialogues on a variety of initiatives by uniting the public-private efforts.

Major measures that Japan stated

Quality infrastructure
  • Providing inclusive support for the development of geothermal power generation in Africa, aiming to achieve the goal of supplying electricity for about 3 million households over the coming six years; also supporting Africa in the early stages of the development, e.g., resource research or experimental drilling, as well as conducting demonstration tests, human resources development and other efforts
  • Expanding the supply of risk money to infrastructure projects, including energy and resource development projects (commissioned to JOGMEC, etc.)
  • Conducting programs for fostering 1,000 human resources over three years in the field of resources (commissioned to JOGMEC and JICA)
Private sector development
  • Inaugurating a Japan-Africa Public and Private Economic Forum to facilitate Japan-Africa dialogues toward business promotion by uniting public-private efforts
  • Striving to enhance the cooperation between Investment Promotion Organizations in nine African countries and JETRO; and, under this cooperation, establishing a Japan Desk support counter in each organization to assist Japanese companies in developing business in Africa and conducting related training programs
  • Establishing an Africa Desk support counter in two JETRO offices in Europe and two in the Middle East for encouraging the collaboration between those offices with other JETRO offices in Africa to fortify the information provision system for Japanese companies
  • Enhancing the efforts for creating business opportunities for Japanese companies in Africa, including dispatch of missions from Japan to Africa and exhibiting Japanese products at international trade fairs in the continent
  • Encouraging the conclusion of investment-related agreements with African countries where the industrial sector has significant needs
  • Supporting Japanese companies in developing business in Africa through providing a special insurance program for investment and loans in Africa (risk coverage ratio: 100%) (commissioned to NEXI)
  • Promoting initiatives for awareness-raising of intellectual property systems, developing and modernizing such systems, fostering 1,000 human resources over three years by taking advantage of about 180 million yen allocated from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)/Japan Fund
  • Supporting measures for addressing climate changes in Africa by taking advantage of Japan’s low-carbon technologies (ensuring the operation of the Joint Crediting Mechanism in a steady manner)
Human resource development
  • Conducting new programs for fostering 1,000 human resources over three years in the industrial fields; and expanding the number of countries in which Japan will raise public awareness of Japanese business models: Kaizen and 5S
  • Establishing a network of overseas trainees under the African Business Education (ABE) Initiative for Youth program and experienced persons of JICA/HIDA training programs, and utilizing the network to pilot Japanese companies that intend to develop business in Africa

2) Attending official side events

  1. Japan Fair (August 26-28)
    • The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) organized Japan Fair, an exhibition bringing in about 100 Japanese companies and organizations, including SMEs accounting for about one-fourth of the total entities, that have been engaging in business development in Africa. Bringing together officials and people from the public and private sectors, the Africa’s largest-ever exhibition provided visitors with information on a large variety of fields concerning: Japan’s provision of support for quality infrastructure development through the public-private collaboration, establishment of a food-value chain, nutrition improvement, environmental efforts, energy saving, new energy, and health and hygiene improvement, e.g., medical care and medicines. At the opening ceremony on August 26, State Minister Matsumura delivered opening remarks as a guest of honor and visited the exhibition on August 27, accompanying Prime Minister Abe.
  2. Japan-Africa Business Conference (August 26 and 28)
    • Expecting the further expansion of trade with and investment in Africa, the Japan-Africa Business Conference was held, bringing together 50 or more companies and organizations from Japan and African countries, focusing on a variety of themes, including resources, infrastructure, manufacturing industry, ICT, medical care, financial services, agriculture and tourism. At the conference, participants made presentations concerning their efforts contributing to business development in Japan and Africa. An audience of around 700 people from Japan and African countries participated in the conference and State Minister Matsumura delivered opening remarks.
  3. STS Forum Japan-Africa Workshop (August 27)
    • A workshop organized by the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum, an organization to discuss issues in the fields of science and technology and society, was held, bringing together an audience of around 250 people from African countries, international organizations and other entities. At the session titled “Japan-Africa Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation,” State Minister Matsumura expressed Japan’s expectation regarding enhanced collaboration between Japan and African countries through science and technology.

2. Bilateral meetings

State Minister Matsumura held a meeting with H.E. Mr. William Arap Ruto, Vice President of the Republic of Kenya, and another meeting with H.E. Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank. At the meetings, both sides agreed that they will enhance cooperation to promote business between Japan and Kenya and between Japan and other African countries, which will be initiated by TICAD VI.

At the meeting with Mr. Louis Schweitzer, Special Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the French Republic, State Minister Matsumura confirmed the progress of Japan-France cooperation in Africa and both sides agreed that they will expand the scope of cooperation in the future.


Delivering a policy speech at the thematic session

Delivering opening remarks at Japan Fair

Mr.Matsumura at Japan Fair

Meeting with H.E. Mr. William Arap Ruto, Vice President of the Republic of Kenya

Meeting with H.E. Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

Meeting with Mr. Louis Schweitzer, Special Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the French Republic

Release date

August 29, 2016

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