September 2, 2016 TICAD VI Edition

TICAD VI –The Japan-Africa Partnership

TICAD stands for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development. Since 1993 Japan has led meetings co-organized by the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC) to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners. TICAD VI, on August 27th and 28th, was a historic occasion as it was the first-ever TICAD held on African soil.

PM Abe’s Address at
TICAD VI Opening Session

$30 Billion for Africa

Prime Minister Abe describes TICAD as a process, the goal of which is for Africa to draw a blueprint for its own development. He further explains it as an opportunity for Africa to present its own “African dream” and work hand in hand with Japan to realize it. Japan’s pledges to Africa expand upon those launched three years ago under the theme of Quality and Empowerment. During his address at the Opening Session of TICAD VI in Nairobi, Kenya, Prime Minister Abe explained Japan’s goals for the conference:

“[Japan plans] to bring about a quality, resilient, and stable Africa, Japan will empower, in other words, implement human resource development for 10 million people over three years beginning in 2016. When combined with investment from the private sector, I expect the total will amount to 30 billion US dollars. This is an investment that has faith in Africa’s future, an investment for both Japan and Africa to grow together.”

Japan Overseas
Cooperation Volunteer

Making a Difference in Africa

In his address, Prime Minister Abe also highlighted the tireless efforts of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers. This program has already sent over 13,000 volunteers to date to work in Africa. One young participant, Aya Tsubota, is a nurse who was dispatched to a hospital roughly two hours away from the capital of Uganda. Her efforts to support the development of the health care field in Africa also led to strong personal development:

“I have been really moved by the nurses working in these difficult conditions who unfailingly continue to smile when caring for their patients,” Tsubota said. “Using my experience in Uganda, in the future I would like to become a lecturer on global health nursing and research means of support for the development of human resources in the nursing sector of developing countries.”

TICAD VI Commemorative
Photograph Session

TICAD VI Declaration – Success in Nairobi

The remarkable contributions of TICAD to Africa’s development and regional integration agenda is recognized by the heads of state and delegates of Japan and 54 African countries, representatives of 52 partner countries, and 74 international and regional organizations. The conference concluded with a declaration to advance Africa’s sustainable development agenda. This declaration builds upon the guiding principles of the previous conference (TICAD V) including the imperatives of human security and engagement of multi-stakeholders. It identifies three pillars for TICAD VI:

  1. Promoting structural economic transformation through economic diversification and industrialization
  2. Promoting resilient health systems for quality of life
  3. Promoting social stability for shared prosperity