President Paul Kagame will this afternoon join his African counterparts for the opening of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development taking place in Yokohama (from August 28 to 30).
On the sidelines of this conference, President Kagame has also met several leaders for bilateral talks including, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and World Food Program Executive Director, Mr. David Beasley, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
According to Presidents office, Kagame also co-hosted alongside UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore a Breakfast Meeting of African leaders and Champions of Generation Unlimited.
Interesting about this 7th edition of the TICAD will be co-chaired for the first time by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, in his capacity as the head of the African Union, along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
At this conference, the hosts Japan have lined up 1,500 Japanese businessmen expected to network with African delegations and strike several deals together.
The three-day forum includes several plenary sessions in the morning and the afternoon, in addition to around 170 various sideline sessions.
TICAD7 will focus in its agenda on African development via three pillars, which are:
Accelerating economic transformation and improving business environment through innovation and private sector engagement. The key areas include: agriculture, blue economy, qualify infrastructure, debt transparency and sustainability.
Deepening sustainable and resilient society. The key areas include: health, education, environment, and disaster and risk management.
Strengthening peace and stability. The key areas include: rule of law, good governance, refugee and internally displaced persons.
The Express News