Over 300 people attended the 2 day TICAD VI Senior Officials’ Meeting in Djibouti. During day 1, the representatives of Japan, Kenya, UNDP, World Bank, and the African Union were cordially invited to pay a visit to his Excellency, Mr. Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti.
The President used this opportunity to reiterate his support towards the TICAD process.
H.E Mr. Araita Ali, Ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti to Japan also joined this historic moment.
For the forthcoming TICAD VI in Nairobi, Kenya on August 27th and 28th, 2016, Djibouti hosted the first preparatory TICAD VI Senior Officials’ Meeting on March 14th to 15th, 2016. Therefore, Inter Media Japan was invited by the government of Djibouti to cover the event and give an exclusive insight for the Djibouti and the World magazine.
The first Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) was held in Tokyo in 1993. It was the beginning of a forum that created constant bilateral talks between Africa and Japan and encouraged both to progress in social and economic development.
Approximately 300 people attended the Senior Officials’ Meeting, including Officials from the Government of Japan and 60 TICAD partners. Among them were the Ambassador of the African Affairs Department, Norio Maruyama, and co-organizer representatives from the United Nations and the World Bank. Also included were international and civil society organizations as well as non-African partner countries.
In addition, of the 54 African Member States, 44 came to Djibouti. At the meeting, Djibouti enabled the participants from African countries and various stakeholders from the international community to hold in-depth discussions on matters, such as the proposed outcomes of TICAD VI and the 3 pillars and priority areas of TICAD VI.
The first pillar touches on the issue of promoting structural economic transformations through economic diversification and industrialization. This also includes the growth of industries, solutions to urban problems, free movement of people, goods and services, and the creation of new markets.
The second pillar promotes a resilient and prepared health system, which aims for enhanced productivity through the quality of life and human security. It purposes solutions through sanitation, nutrition, hygiene, and health surveillance at regional and national levels.
The third and final pillar aims to promote social stability for shared prosperity, by focusing on the disengagement and reintegration of radicalized groups and building capacity for surveillance by the strengthening of judicial and policing systems. In addition, through the use of modern technologies, promote and strengthen cross-border security.
In approaching these priority areas, the empowerment of youth and women, the promotion of science, technology, and innovation coupled with the participation of the private sector and the advancing of public-private partnerships are crucial in achieving these proposed developments.
Apart from the in-depth discussions, Djibouti provided an opportunity for TICAD co-organizers to present the first follow-up report of TICAD V to Member States and TICAD partners. Furthermore, during the Senior Officials’ Meeting, the dates for the second preparatory Ministerial Meeting were officially announced for the 1st and 2nd of June 2016 in Banjul, The Gambia. Before the first TICAD in Africa, there is still some preparation to be done, but the first Senior Officials’ Meeting was thanks to the well organized hosting of Djibouti, which allowed for a huge step forward towards to a successful TICAD VI.