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Japan’s commitment to Africa to be tested at TICAD

Japan’s commitment to Africa to be tested at TICAD

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Japan is to hold the summit-level meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), in August. The country’s commitment to Africa will face a test at the conference.

The 7th meeting will take place in Yokohama City, south of Tokyo, from August 28th to the 30th, 2019.

As Leaders of 54 African countries will be among the delegates to visit Tokyo with Government and business officials to represent Japan.

Africa boasts a population of 1.3 billion and a growing economy. Nations around the world are competing to secure shares of the potentially huge market.

Attention is focused on the extent Japan will be able to demonstrate its commitment at the meeting.

TICAD was inaugurated in 1993 as the pillar of Japan’s foreign policy on Africa. The previous gathering took place in 2016.

TICAD is an International conference led by Japan and co-organized by the United Nations, the United Nations Development Program(UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC) to discuss the development of Africa. Until TICAD V in 2013, the meetings were held every 5 years since 1993. TICAD VI in 2016 was held in Africa (Nairobi, Kenya) for the first time in its history. From 2016 onwards, TICAD is held every three years alternately in Africa and Japan.

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