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What is TICAD?

TICAD stands for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development.” It was launched in 1993 to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners. Meetings are led by Japan and co-organized by the United Nations, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC).

With the inception of TICAD, Japan took the lead in fostering international discussion on Africa’s development. TICAD’s innovative approaches include advocating African ownership and international partnership; promoting the participation of international organizations, donor countries, the private sector and civil society organizations; and creating follow-up and review mechanisms to ensure the progress of programmes and projects.

TICAD was originally held in Japan every five years until 2013. Since then it has been held every three years, alternately in Africa and Japan. Of particular note is the fact that TICAD VI in 2016 was held in Nairobi, Kenya, making it the first TICAD held on African soil. This is in response to Africa’s growing sense of ownership for its own development agenda. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, accompanied by 77 Japanese leaders from the business community and universities, demonstrated the strong commitments made by Japan’s public and private sectors.

The next round, TICAD 7, is scheduled to convene in Yokohama, Japan in 2019.

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September 21, 2016  - NEW

Japan in Africa vol.4

Focusing on Public-Private Investments

By providing an opportunity for high-level policy dialogue, the Japan-led TICAD has become a major global platform through which African countries, as well as international stakeholders, can collaborate to promote Africa’s development.

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August 27, 2016

Keynote Speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
at the Opening Session of TICAD VI

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, attended the TICAD VI in Nairobi, Kenya. At the Opening Session he delivered a keynote address and announced that a period of three years from 2016 to 2018, Japan will invest for the future of Africa through implementing measures centering on developing quality infrastructure, promoting resilient health systems and laying the foundations for peace and stability, amounting to approx. USD 30 billion under public-private partnership.

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August 26, 2016

Japan in Africa

Building Resilient Health Systems

Tomorrow is the start of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Nairobi, Kenya.

( Published in Washington Post. August 26, 2016 )

August 26, 2016

Japan in Africa

Focus on Social Stability, Resilient Health Systems and Economic Diversification

Tomorrow is the start of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Nairobi, Kenya.

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( Published in Le Monde. August 26, 2016 )

August 24, 2016

Friends of Japan

Bringing Lights to Africa

Mansour Diagne enjoyed watching Japanese anime and reading Japanese manga as a child. Japan had always been a country that he adored and longed to visit.

( Published in We Are Tomodachi, Autumn 2016. )

August 24, 2016

Friends of Japan

Falling for Japan, Sight Unseen

Mohamed Omer Abdin is a specially appointed assistant professor at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies who arrived in Japan from Sudan in 1998. Legally blind, Abdin first came to Japan to study acupuncture and moxibustion at a school for the visually impaired offering courses in this field to international students.

( Published in We Are Tomodachi, Autumn 2016. )

August 24, 2016

Friends of Japan

Partnering with Japan for Sustainable Resource Use in Malawi

“Malawi needs to implement sustainable use of the nation’s natural resources, which along with the environment have been under strain from population growth and other issues.”

( Published in We Are Tomodachi, Autumn 2016. )

August 24, 2016

The JET Programme: A Great Way to Experience Japan

Sharing from the Heart Across Continents

I was active in theater as a freelance actress in my hometown of Cape Town, South Africa, so it is not surprising that I was initially connected with Japan through movies.

( Published in We Are Tomodachi, Autumn 2016. )

August 19, 2016

Japan in Africa

Fostering High-Skilled Human Resources Toward Economic Diversification

On August 27 and 28, the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) ‒ the key platform to drive Japan’s development initiatives in Africa ‒ will be held in Nairobi, Kenya.

( Published in Washington Post. August 19, 2016 )

August 19, 2016

Japan in Africa

Toward Economic Diversification

A pioneering initiative launched by Japan in 1993, TICAD draws up concrete action plans for African development with follow-up through regular progress reports.

( Published in Les Echos. August 19, 2016 )

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August 19, 2016

Improving East Africa’s Inland Logistics

New International Bridge and Customs Post Facilitate Cross-Border Transport

The Rusumo International Bridge at the border of Rwanda and Tanzania is a key logistics link for the inland countries of East Africa.

( Published in We Are Tomodachi, Autumn 2016. )

August 19, 2016

Supporting Kenya’s Human Resource Development

Training Personnel for the Future from a Private-Sector Perspective

The rapid development of African economies has created an urgent need to develop human resources with high levels of knowledge and skills in various fields. In Kenya, the long-term national strategy “Kenya Vision 2030” includes the goal of developing capacity to train global human resources.

( Published in We Are Tomodachi, Autumn 2016. )

August 19, 2016

Japanese Individuals Contributing Worldwide

Developing “Farming as a Business” in Kenya

Farming is the backbone of Kenya’s economy. It accounts for 65% of the country’s foreign currency earnings and employs about 80% of the population. The scale of operations remains small, however, with 75% of the marketed crops grown in smallholder family farms.

( Published in We Are Tomodachi, Autumn 2016. )

August 19, 2016

Fighting Infectious Diseases in West Africa

Japanese Support for an Advanced Research Facility

West Africa is constantly fighting against infectious diseases. Malaria, for example, causes more than 10,000 deaths a year in Ghana, and the country has around 270,000 people with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

( Published in We Are Tomodachi, Autumn 2016. )

August 19, 2016

Cutting-Edge Technologies

KOKO Plus: Improving the Nutritional Status of Infants in Ghana

Malnutrition in infants can easily occur in areas where protein intake is dependent on grain. In Ghana, the traditional weaning food “koko,” a porridge made with fermented corn and sugar, tends to be deficient in nutritional elements necessary during the weaning period.

( Published in We Are Tomodachi, Autumn 2016. )

August 19, 2016

Japanese Individuals Contributing Worldwide

Addressing Poverty in Africa by Promoting Growth of “Miracle Rice”

New Rice for Africa (Nerica), also called “miracle rice,” is helping to address the issue of poverty in Africa. Rice is a luxury food that people can eat only on special occasions in many African countries.

( Published in We Are Tomodachi, Autumn 2016. )

August 15, 2016

Japan in Africa vol.3

Providing Quality Education to Ensure Growth and Stability

By providing an opportunity for high-level policy dialogue, the Japan-led TICAD has become a major global platform through which African countries, as well as international stakeholders, can collaborate to promote Africa’s development.

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August 8, 2016

Japan in Africa vol.2

Supporting Health and Improving Human Security

By providing an opportunity for high-level policy dialogue, the Japan-led TICAD has become a major global platform through which African countries, as well as international stakeholders, can collaborate to promote Africa’s development.

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July 31, 2016

Japan in Africa vol.1

Supporting Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Development

By providing an opportunity for high-level policy dialogue, the Japan-led TICAD has become a major global platform through which African countries, as well as international stakeholders, can collaborate to promote Africa’s development.

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