August 29, 2019

On August 29, for a little over 20 minutes commenting of 10:30 in Yokohama, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Masahisa Sato attended Side Event : “Transformative Actions for Inclusion Innovative and Sustainable Blue Economy for Africa” hosted by the Government of the Republic of Kenya and UNDP to deliver a speech (PDF)Open a New Window from 10:30 am (Thursday) on the occasion of TICAD7 in Yokohama.

1. The event was attended by H.E. Mr. Danny Antoine Rollen Faure, President of the Republic of Seychelles, H.E. Mr. James Macharia, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development of the Republic of Kenya, officials from partner countries and international organizations, people from Japanese companies and related parties, and others, totaling 11 people.

2. At the outset, Mr. Macharia delivered a welcoming speech and spoke about the international efforts for Blue Economy, including Japan’s, importance of promoting Blue Economy, and challenges African countries are facing.

3. Mr. Sato stated that Japan, as one of the leading maritime nations, endowed with rich maritime resources, is determined to help promote Blue Economy with Africa. As Blue Economy comprises both aspects of economic prosperity and maritime security, we are convinced that Blue Economy is perfect in harmony with our vision of ’free and open Indo-Pacific’. Japan will also cooperate to strengthen connectivity with African regions through the development of transportation infrastructure, to promote sustainable uses of the marine resources, and to addressing marine plastic litter.

4. Then, partner countries, international organizations, Japanese companies and related parties exchanged opinions on how they can provide assistance measures through sustainable uses of natural resources of lakes, rivers, and oceans.

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