South Africa: President Jacob Zuma Arrives in Kenya to Attend Tokyo International Conference On African Development Summit

President Jacob Zuma has today, 26 August 2016, arrived in Nairobi, in the Republic of Kenya, to participate in the 6th Summit of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI).

Yesterday, the President could not travel as his plane developed difficulties.

The TICAD VI Summit is a process which was initiated in 1993 as an advocacy platform for African Development specifically aimed at mobilising humanitarian aid and Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Today, President Zuma will attend the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) forum meeting, taking place on the sidelines of the TICAD VI Summit. The APRM is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by the member states of the African Union (AU) as a self-monitoring mechanism.

The Mechanism’s primary objective is to foster the adoption of policies, values, standards and practices of political and economic governance that lead to political stability, accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration, economic growth and sustainable development.

This year’s TICAD VI Summit is significant, specifically as it is the first TICAD Summit to be hosted on the African continent.

The focus will therefore be on advancing Africa’s development agenda by bringing together Heads of State and/or Government as well as leading industrialists, top business executives and heads of business associations from Africa and Japan to promote high-level policy dialogue between these leaders and to mobilise support for African-owned development initiatives such as the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

President Zuma and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are also scheduled to hold bilateral talks prior to the TICAD VI Summit.

President Zuma is accompanied by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies; Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi; Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor; Minister of Public Service and Administration, Mr Ngoako Ramatlhodi and the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo.

Source: South African Government.