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The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism are among organizations holding side events at TICAD VI, an excellent opportunity to highlight development issues of the fast-growing continent.

JETRO’s side event is called the Japan Fair and will be held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, the same venue as TICAD VI, on Saturday and Sunday. Joined by around 100 companies and organizations from Japanese industry, state and local governments and academia, it will be one of the largest fairs JETRO has held in Africa to date, something symbolic of the growing momentum behind Africa-related business seen in Japan.

JETRO has gathered exhibitors of the Japan Fair from various fields in which Japan can be expected to contribute to Africa, such as infrastructure, food value chains, climate change and health issues, so that they may introduce their excellent technologies, products and services.

Exhibits include a wide range of products and services that can contribute to improving the health and hygienic environment and infection control measures, including for Ebola hemorrhagic fever. In particular, many kinds of medical devices for inspection and clinic cars will be displayed.

They will propose solutions for common problems related to urbanization and fostering human resources by utilizing the country’s strengths in an “all-Japan” effort that transcends the boundaries of individual fields. Other exhibits count services such as e-money and POS systems tailored to the needs of local communities, highly durable consumer goods and processed food and beverages.

The Japan Fair is supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Exhibitors include the city of Yokohama, the city of Kobe, Chiyoda Corp., JGC Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., Toyota Tsusho Corp., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Ajinomoto Co., Sumitomo Corp., Marubeni Corp., NHK World, Hankyu Hanshin Express Co., Mitsui & Co., Toyota Kenya Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Sumitomo Chemical Co., Lixil Corp. and JETRO.

Another side event of JETRO is the Japan Africa Business Conference, which is co-hosted with the Kenya Investment Authority on Friday and Sunday.

JICA will also host 18 side events, mostly panel discussions, at venues near the Kenyatta International Convention Centre such as the Sarova Panafric and Hilton hotels from Thursday to Sunday.

Such discussions include “Africa’s Economic Policy Challenges Toward 2050,” co-hosted by Centennial Group International, on Friday.

JICA and the Centennial Group International have come up with six policy papers, which update the original analyses done in 2013. Thus the event will start with a presentation of the updated policy paper “Africa 2050,” and it will be followed by the interventions of high-level panelists, who will share their views on the analysis of the current situation and future prospects, along with their policy proposals to achieve the desirable future of Africa they envisage.

Speakers include JICA Vice President Hiroshi Kato, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina and Centennial Group President Harinder Kohli.

Other discussion titles include “Initiative for Improvement of Forest Governance: JICA-JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Early Warning System for Tropical Forests” on Saturday and “Capacity Development to Achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) on Waste Management: Toward Clean and Healthy Cities in Africa” on Sunday.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s side event is called “Japan-Africa Public-Private Conference for Quality Infrastructure,” to be held at the Sarova Stanley Hotel on Friday and Saturday.

The conference will have speeches, panel discussions, workshops and business matching sessions. At least about 70 Japanese companies, including those involved in construction, trading, engineering, consulting, finance and other areas, will participate in the conference.


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