President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Sunday in Japan to attend the seventh international conference on African development in Tokyo (TICAD7) to be held in the city of Yokohama, from 28 to 30 August 2019.
President Buhari’s participation will be the second since he attended the TICAD6 in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2016.
With the theme “Africa and Yokohama, sharing the passion for the future”, the Japanese Prime Minister and host, Shinzo Abe, will hold the opening session of TICAD7.
President Buhari will deliver the Nigeria Declaration during the third plenary session in which he will evaluate the relations between Nigeria and Japan and the TICAD conclusions6. He will attend a state banquet and will also honor Emperor Naruhito’s invitation to a tea reception at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. In addition to a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abe, the Nigerian president will also participate in some side events and will meet with the executive directors of some Japanese companies with large investments in Nigeria.
Born in 1993, the now three-year TICAD, which was alternately convened in Japan and Africa since TICAD6, according to the organizers, is the largest international conference held in Japan that “provides an open forum that generates innovative debates among the various stakeholders on African development. ”Participants come not only from African countries, but also from international organizations, private companies and civil society organizations involved in development.
The TCAD7 is expected to focus on “economic transformation and improvements in Africa in the economic and institutional context through private investment and innovation; promotion of a resilient and sustainable African society for human security; peace and stability in support of internal proactive efforts of Africa “.
Nigeria has won a great deal since its participation in TICAD6 at the highest levels, during which Japan promised an investment of $ 30 billion “for the future of Africa combined with the private sector”; $ 10 billion of infrastructure investments and $ 500 million for the professional training of 50,000 Africans.
Since the Nairobi conference, the Japanese government and companies have been very active in supporting the emancipation of agriculture, health, electricity and youth in Nigeria.
President Buhari and his delegation in Yokohama should promote wider Japanese assistance in the fields of science and technology, innovation, human resource development, education, agriculture, energy, health and disaster risk reduction, among others.
President Buhari will be accompanied by the governors Babagana Zulum, AbdulRaham AbdulRazaq and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the states of Borno, Kwara and Lagos, respectively; Ministers and other senior government officials.
The president should return to Nigeria on Saturday 31 August.