Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Friday to deliver a successful two-day summit to promote Africa’s development, to be held in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi from Saturday.
Calling the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), a historic meeting, Abe stressed that Japan will join hands with Africa to help the region realize its dreams.
Abe, who arrived in Nairobi on Thursday night, made the remarks at a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The coming session will be the first TICAD summit to take place in Africa. The past five summits were held in Tokyo or Yokohama.
The TICAD framework is sponsored by the Japanese government and international organizations, including the United Nations.
Officials of some 80 Japanese companies and organizations are accompanying Abe.
Noting that Japanese companies have strong interests in Africa’s development, Abe emphasized that Japan’s public and private sectors will work together to help promote the continent’s growth.
Kenyatta, for his part, stressed the importance of Africa making its own efforts to bring about prosperity.
TICAD VI participants are slated to discuss, among other things, boosting investment to establish high-quality infrastructure utilizing Japanese technologies, improving sanitary conditions and enhancing medical services, developing human resources and eradicating poverty.
They will adopt a Nairobi declaration Sunday when the two days of discussions wraps up.