Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Manabu Horii Attends the Side Event of TICAD Ministerial Meeting, “the Dialogue with Private Sector from Japan and Africa”
August 24, 2017
- On August 24, Mr. Manabu Horii, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Maputo, the Republic of Mozambique to attend a Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Meeting, attended “the Dialogue with Private Sector from Japan and Africa”, a side event of the Ministerial Meeting which was held at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Center, and delivered a speech. Since TICAD’s inception in 1993, private sectors from Japan and African participated in TICAD at ministerial level for the first time in this Ministerial Meeting.
- In his remarks, Mr. Horii stated that private-sector companies have a decisive role to play in promoting Africa’s development and economic growth, and TICAD has provided an important platform for public-private dialogue and cooperation. He also stated that high quality products and ability to develop highly-skilled human resources through vocational training are the examples of strengths of Japanese companies and that he is convinced such advanced technical capacities would contribute to address African development challenges.
- During this side event, a ceremony was held to announce a total of five memorandums of understandings (MOUs) between five Japanese companies and three African countries.
- A business networking lunch followed this side event, aiming for business matching among Japanese and African private-sector companies.