H.E. Mr. Afeworki ESTIFANOS
Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps
Ambassador of Eritrea to Japan
Africa offers Japan many strategic opportunities. This is what the African Diplomatic Corps (ADC) has been promoting in its collective diplomacy here in Tokyo for the last 25 years. The ADC recognizes the cardinal role that Japan’s investment can play in the national development imperatives of our countries by utilizing and concretely supporting Africa’s strategic location and rich resources, as well as fostering the transfer of technologies, know how and SME’s development to expand our export capabilities. Japan’s experience is seen by many of us on the continent of Africa, if not all, as a successful example, if not the best example of development, after the 2nd World War, for our countries to emulate.
The presence of the African Union Commission in TICAD, as a co-organizer of this important process of building friendship and solidarity, has highlighted and underlined, once more, the importance of ownership in relation to the continued dialogue of cooperation between Japan and African countries. In the past 25 years, since the TICAD process was launched, Japan and African countries’ bilateral ties have grown steadily, despite the barriers of geography. The coming TICAD VI Summit, which is going to be held for the first time in Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya, on the 27th and 28th of August, 2016 will be another fresh milestone.
I would like to express our gratitude, on behalf of myself and on behalf of the African Diplomatic Corps (ADC) here in Tokyo, for the continued efforts and support extended by all of the co-organizers, the Japanese public, as well as the private sector, for the nation building efforts of our African countries through TICAD.