TICAD7 to open on Wednesday

The seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) is expected to official open here on Wednesday.

The event is held under the theme: Advancing Africa's Development through People, Technology and Innovation.

The theme will be discussed under three pillars, namely; Accelerating Economic Transformation and Improving Business Environment through Innovation and Private Sector Engagement, Deepening Sustainable and Resilient Society as well as Strengthening Peace and Stability.

The purpose of TICAD7 is to support further growth in Africa through infrastructure building and human resource development which are foundations for growth, focusing on business as a centrepiece of TICAD.

It is also aimed at leading the international discussion on African development, hold open and international forum as well as win international support for Japan and diplomatic issues.

During a media briefing on Tuesday, TICAD7 Ambassador Masahiko Kiyaemphasised that TICAD continues to be an open and exclusive forum for Africa.

He added that another one of it's uniqueness is that the ownership of Africa is at the very core of discussions at the event.

President HageGeingob, who will be attending the event, is also expected to hold several bilateral meetings, including one with Japanese Prime Minister Shinz and #333; Abe.

He will also intervene in two plenary sessions, namely Public-Private Business Dialogue and Deepening Sustainable and Resilient Society for

Human Security.

TICAD is a summit level international conference on Africa's development initiated by Japan in 1993.

Since its inception, it has become an important platform for collective dialogue and an effective mechanism for enhancing mutually beneficial cooperation between African countries and Japan.

Source: Namibia Press Agency