[27th August 2016]


President Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe open TICAD VI Summit in Nairobi on 27th August, 2016, at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre

The TICAD VI Summit was officially opened this morning, 27th August, 2016 by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Other leaders who graced the opening ceremony included more than 35 African Heads of State and& Government, leaders from the TICAD Co-Organizers' agencies i.e the African Union, the UNDP, and the World Bank.

The forum which has attracted more than six thousand participants is the very first TICAD to be held outside Japan since its inception in 1993. This milestone achievement demonstrates the fruition of the aspirations of the TICAD process of ownership of African development initiatives by Africa, and promotion of Africa's global partnership.

The Summit's agenda and programme will focus on the following three thematic areas: Economic transformation through diversification and industrialization; promoting resilient health systems for quality life; and, promoting social stability for shared prosperity.

The Summit is also expected to evaluate the status of implementation of TICAD V Yokohama Action Plan and expand the TICAD dialogue on ways to address new areas and emerging threats such as Ebola and violent extremism that threaten to roll back gains made towards the Continent's economic security and sustainability.
Leaders will also be discussing on how best the TICAD process can be synchronized with Africa Agenda 2063 for a more strengthened and sustainable partnership between Africa and Japan in light of the Summit's key thematic areas .
It is also noteworthy that for the first time in TICAD's history there will be a special interactive session between the leaders of the Private Sector and Heads of State and Government. This is a paradigm shift envisaged to strengthen a mutually beneficial business partnership between Japan and Africa, and, other global development partners.

In addition to the main Summit, there are also approximately sixty (60) Side Events in the form of: Seminars/Symposia on Summit related topics; exhibitions; the Japan-Africa Business forum that entail Business Seminars, a Japan expo, an African Pavilion, and High level dialogue between the Heads of State & Governments, and the Private Sector.




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