Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Attends the Opening Session and Plenary Session 1
1. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister, who is visiting Nairobi, the Republic of Kenya, to attend the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), attended the Opening Session commencing at 9:30 a.m. (local time： 3:30 p.m. Japan time) on Saturday, August 27, and delivered a keynote address.
2. Prime Minister Abe announced that for a period of three years from 2016 to 2018, Japan will invest for the future of Africa through implementing measures centering on developing quality infrastructure, promoting resilient health systems and laying the foundations for peace and stability, amounting to approx. USD 30 billion under public-private partnership (English (PDF) / Japanese (PDF) / French (PDF)).
3. Prime Minister Abe also explained that this commitment is the first step in putting this year’s G7 Ise-Shima Summit outcomes (infrastructure (PDF), health (PDF), and women (PDF)) into practice, and as the G7 president, Japan will steadily realize those outcomes.
4. Following the Opening Session, Plenary Session 1 was held where the leaders and other senior officials of African countries had active discussions on responding to the new challenges that Africa faces, such as declining international resource prices, Ebola virus disease outbreaks and the fragility of the health system, threats to peace and stability. Leaders of many countries mentioned the keynote address delivered by Prime Minister Abe and highly appreciated Japan’s efforts.