TICAD VI ends with Africa and Japan 3-year plan for continued engagement

The two-day sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) VI in Nairobi, Kenya ended Sunday 28 August with the adoption of the Nairobi Declaration, a three-year plan to promote structural economic transformation, resilient healthcare systems and social stability for shared prosperity.

“It is specific, measurable and actionable-and I am confident that through its implementation, the people of Africa can truly look forward to a brighter, more prosperous future for themselves and for their children,” Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said of the Nairobi Declaration at the TICAD closing session.

“All the outcomes we have agreed to at this meeting-together, through discussion, debate, negotiation and dialogue-have every hope of not just being implemented, but of bringing about the kind of transformative change we all long for. “

More than 6,000 people participated in the conference, which was hosted by the Government of Kenya and co-organized by the Government of Japan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the UN Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (UNOSAA).

The Nairobi declaration outlines areas of engagement such as promoting economic diversification and industrialisation with a focus on agriculture, innovation and ICT-led economy, quality infrastructure, and private sector and skills development.

Noting risks such as Ebola and other public health crises, African health systems will be strengthened and particular emphasis placed on prevention and preparedness against pandemics, including by mobilizing financial resources through international organizations.

The three-year plan also includes collaboration on peacebuilding, cross-border security and preventing violent extremism, as well as on climate change issues. The declaration also commits to cooperation at regional, continental and international levels on various issues.

TICAD serves as an international platform to raise global awareness and ensure continued support to Africa’s development efforts, underpinned by the twin principles of international partnership and African ownership.

UNDP has been a TICAD co-organiser since its inception in 1993. UNDP and Japan have a longstanding partnership in Africa focused on promoting sustainable development, building climate and disaster resilience, and supporting democratic governance and peacebuilding.

Source: United Nations Development Programme