Mr. Junzo FUJITA
Ambassador for TICAD and Ambassador in charge of RECs, Peace, and Security in Africa
On the 27th and 28th of August this year, TICAD VI will be held for the first time on African soil in its 23 year history, since the first TICAD launched in 1993 in Tokyo.
The following three issues are to be discussed at TICAD VI.
- Promote structural economic transformation through economic diversification and industrialization, develop food value chains in a world market, construct high quality infrastructure, including renewable energy and road and port construction, create employment opportunities through African Business Education (ABE) initiative.
- Promote a resilient health care system by means of propulsion of universal health coverage, early warning and protection system for infectious diseases, such as Ebola virus disease, maternal and child health as well as good nutritious conditions for children.
- Promote social stability in Africa to address radicalization and counter terrorism through a strategy where Japanese companies could give employment opportunities with vocational training, especially for
women and youth, and assure food security and disaster management.
With increasing interest from the Japanese private sector in doing business and contributing to development in Africa, we expect a large number of Japanese business leaders to participate in TICAD VI. We emphasize the importance of human resource development in the field of science and technology, installing high quality infrastructure, and producing high quality commodities. We believe TICAD VI provides the best opportunity for both Japanese and African public and private sectors to strengthen their ties for generating mutual benefit in boosting African development in close collaboration with other parts of the world.