Africa to host TICAD

For the first time in history, the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) will held in the African continent. Andries Leevi Hungamo, Permanent Secretary for the National Planning Commission revealed this, when officiated at the bilateral consultations between the Namibian and Japanese governments held in Windhoek on Friday, 19 May.

TICAD is a regular summit that contributes to the facilitation and promotion of high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and Africa’s development partners on issues pertaining to economic growth, trade and investment, sustainable development, human security, peace and stability particularly with the government of Japan.

The Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI) will be held from 27 to 28 August 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya and Namibia is set to attend the summit.

According to Hungamo, “this symbolizes the value and commitment the Japanese government put towards achieving and building a solid cordial partnership with Africa”.

The governments of Japan and Namibia have long and tested history of cooperation in many areas of development, and therefore, it is crucial that the two governments are having consultations mainly to review progress of ongoing projects supported by Japan and to discuss challenges being encountered. And most importantly, to assess whether the cooperation’s focus is still in-line with Namibia’s development objectives and priorities, Hungamo said.

The Permanent Secretary further stated that the Namibia-Japan bilateral cooperation is focused on supporting the efforts of the Namibian government in the areas of health, education, institutional capacity building and agriculture.

So far, Namibia has recorded worth noting achievements under TICAD in the technical assistance to the development of the Mater Plan for Development of an International Logistics Hub for SADC countries in Namibia, and scholarship offered to Master’s Degree students studying ion Japan.