SIS: TICAD 7 reflects Sisi non-stop efforts for sake of Africa

Kicking off in the Japanese city of Yokohama Wednesday, the seventh TICAD gathering reflects President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s non-stop efforts to achieve stability and sustainable development in Africa.

The three-day event comes just after Sisi’s participation in the G7 summit in France, where he also defended Africa’s right to an equal partnership to achieve stability and development in the continent, the State Information Service (SIS) said in a report on Tuesday 27/8/2019.

This would be Sisi’s third visit to Japan and his second during 2019. He last visited the Asian country in June to attend the G20 summit in Osaka.

During this visit, Sisi will co-chair the seventh TICAD (short for Tokyo International Conference on African Development) with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Sisi will co-chair the event as the current head of the African Union (AU).

TICAD 7 would be a good chance to exchange views between Egypt and Japan at the bilateral level as well, the SIS said.

TICAD 6 – which was held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2016 – had ushered in a new stage of cooperation with Japan.

The Conference could very well be seen as a comprehensive mechanism to mobilize further international support for development in Africa, according to the SIS report.

TICAD 7 will focus on economic transformation and improving the business environment through involving the private sector in the process.

It will also probe efforts to establish sustainable communities and entrench security and stability in Africa.

Heads of state and government of 40 African countries are taking part in the event, the SIS said.

Egypt and Japan established their diplomatic ties in 1928, but Tokyo’s relations with Africa in general started in the late 70s.

Japan’s policy toward Africa is mainly about development, the SIS said, noting that the Asian country has become over the past four decades a major donor to African countries from outside the continent.

In June 2013, Japan pledged to support Africa’s public and private sectors with 32 billion dollars over five years with the aim to boost growth in the continent and encourage Japanese companies to invest in African countries.

TICAD is a multilateral forum whose participants include not only African countries but also international organizations, partner countries, private companies and civil society organizations concerned with development.

Every TICAD meeting is led by Japan, and co-organized by the UN, UN Development Program (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC).

Over the course of more than 20 years since TICAD I in 1993, the forum has a track record of improving social and economic conditions in Africa mainly through grants and technical assistance.

In the five years starting from fiscal year 2008, the government of Japan built 1,321 elementary and middle schools, improved 4,778 healthcare and medical facilities, and provided safe water to additional 10.79 million people.

TICAD has advocated the importance of African ownership and international partnership. Today, the development philosophy based on these two principles is shared globally. It has also inspired African countries, and it became the philosophical foundation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the first comprehensive development plan created by Africans themselves.

Source: State Information Service Egypt