International Conference on African Development Commences in Japan

The Seventh Summit of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-7) under the theme Advancing Africa’s Development through People, Technology and Innovation, commences in the city of Yokohama, Japan from 28 to 30 August with the participation of top delegations from Equatorial Guinea led by the Head of State and Government, S.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Organised by the African Union, the Japanese government, the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (UNOSAA), the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank, it is expected that the TICAD7 Summit adopts the Yokohama Declaration, and the report on the implementation of the TICAD V Yokohama Action Plan (2013 � 2015) shall be listened to, in addition to the TICAD VI Nairobi Action Plan (2016 – 2019).

The summit will also serve as a platform to ensure the African Union’s ownership of the TICAD process, and particularly the inclusion of the African Union’s strategic vision, aspirations and priority areas as enshrined in the AU Agenda 2063 and its First Ten-Year Implementation Plan.

Over this three-day meeting, official parallel events of the African Union will be held to deal with the socio-economic transformation of Africa through innovation, plastic pollution solutions for development in Africa and early childhood education, which is considered as a foundation for the development of human capital and improvement of the wealth of the nations.

The refugees, repatriates and internally displaced persons, African industrial development, regional value chains, the potential of young people in Africa, initiative for food and nutrition security in Africa, policy dialogue on strategic investment in Africa, sustainable financing for health in Africa and policies for productive transformation, as well as policies on innovative financial instruments for natural disaster risk and health are on the agenda of the parallel meetings.

Source: Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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