Next Tokyo conference on African development to be held in Tunisia

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Tokyo- PanOrient News/ Japan announced on Thursday that the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD8, will be hosted by Tunisia in 2022. This marks the second time the conference is to be held in Africa.

The meetings, begun in 1993 and led by Japan, aim to provide an opportunity for high-level policy discussions regarding African development every three years. Their location alternates between Japan and African nations, with the last conference being held in Yokohama in 2019.

“Africa is the largest frontier in the 21st century,” said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. “However, the continent is also facing various challenges such as conflicts and poverty.“

The ministry emphasized that the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed vulnerabilities on the continent, particularly in the health and medical sectors, but noted that these topics are among those covered by TICAD.

The ministry said that it would continue to strongly support African-led development in light of the outcomes of the last conference.

According to the Japanese government website, organizers of TICAD include the United Nations, the World Bank and the African Union Commission. Invitees include the African heads of state and government, international organizations, donor countries and companies.

The last time the meeting took place in Africa was when it was hosted by Kenya in 2016. (PanOrient News)
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