Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Meeting
August 25, 2017
The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Meeting was held in Maputo, the Republic of Mozambique, on August 24 and August 25. The overview is as follows. Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Manabu Horii, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and Mr. Arata Takebe Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment attended from Japan. Foreign Minister Kono served as co-chair along with representatives of the co-organizers (the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the African Union Commission (AUC)). Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Oldemiro Júlio Marques Baloi attended from the host country Mozambique, and President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi was also present at the Opening Session and gave the welcome address.
1 Attendees and schedule
(1) AttendeesRepresentatives of 51 African countries (16 foreign ministers, 9 other ministers, 12 ministerial level officials) as well as development partner countries and Asian countries, international and regional organizations, and civil society, etc. participated in the TICAD Ministerial Meeting.
Thu., August 24
- Opening Session (Remarks by Foreign Minister Kono (PDF))
Fri., August 25
- Plenary Session 1 (Overview of Progress since TICAD V) (Remarks by Foreign Minister Kono (PDF))
- Plenary Session 2 (Economic Transformation for Africa’s Growth) (Remarks by Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Horii (PDF))
- Plenary Session 3 (Promoting Human Security and Resilient Society) (Remarks by Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Horii (PDF))
- Closing Session (Remarks by Foreign Minister Kono (PDF))
- Joint Press Conference
2 Overview of the conference
- At the Opening Session, Foreign Minister Kono stated that TICAD VI last year raised the partnership of Japan and Africa to a new level and that he wanted to work together with Africa toward realization of the “Agenda 2063” of the African Union (AU). Furthermore, he mentioned the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the occasion of TICAD VI, and emphasized the importance of strengthening connectivity between Asia and Africa through maritime order based on the principles of international law such as freedom of navigation as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and quality infrastructure investment. Moreover, he explained that in order to develop an environment to encourage private sector investment in Africa Japan is advancing negotiations for investment agreements.
- Foreign Minister Kono explained in his speech at Plenary Session 1 that Japan has implemented initiatives worth approximately 5 billion dollars in line with the three pillars of the Nairobi Declaration (economic diversification and industrialization, health, and social stability) since last year, and that the total value of the initiatives from 2013 when TICAD V was held until 2016 had reached 26.7 billion dollars. He also stated that initiatives to further encourage private sector investment are important. Furthermore, he introduced good practices in African development using trilateral cooperation among Japan and other countries as evidence that TICAD is an open and inclusive forum.
- At Plenary Session 2, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Manabu Horii presented the progress of initiatives to encourage private sector investment including industrial human resources development through the ABE Initiative and financing from government agencies into projects by private sector companies, etc. Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of ensuring economic feasibility and debt sustainability when strengthening connectivity through quality infrastructure investment, and stated that it was necessary for key infrastructures, including international ports, to be in accordance with international standards and be operated in a fair, open, and highly transparent way.
- At Plenary Session 3, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Manabu Horii introduced initiatives for achieving sustainable and inclusive development, based on the concept of human security, such as capacity building to fight against infectious diseases, including cooperation in the health field toward promotion of universal health coverage (UHC) for resilient health systems as well as contributions for social stability in the areas including agriculture, food security and vocational training for young people. Furthermore, he pointed out the importance of ensuring freedom of navigation and unimpeded lawful commerce for peace, stability and prosperity in the region, and stated that from this perspective it is necessary to maintain a rules-based maritime order based on the international laws as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Furthermore, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takebe reported on the side-event on “African Clean Cities Platform.”
- The “TICAD Progress Report 2017” and “Japan’s Initiatives 2017” were officially presented as the outcome documents of the Ministerial Meeting, and the overview of the discussions has been compiled as the Co-chairs’ Summary.