Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Meeting (Overview)
The TICAD Ministerial Meeting was held virtually on March 26, commencing at 8.p.m. (JST) for approximately two and a half hours, and on March 27, commencing at 8.p.m. (JST) for approximately two and a half hours. Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, chaired the meeting and Ms. SUZUKI Takako, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, took the role of acting chair during the meeting.
As the result of the Meeting, Japan issued the Chair’s summary.
On this occasion, Minister HAYASHI held bilateral meetings with 7 ministers of African countries.
- Looking ahead to TICAD 8 to be held in August this year, the participants discussed priority issues on African development based on three pillars: Economy, Society and Peace and Stability. Representatives of 50 African countries (43 ministerial level participants), representatives of the other TICAD co-organizers (the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the African Union Commission (AUC)) and a representative of Japanese private sector participated in the meeting.
- Minister HAYASHI explained that, while COVID-19 has had a considerable socio-economic impact on Africa, Japan supports the realization of Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on “people” and “quality growth” based on the principle of human security. Minister HAYASHI stated that Russia's recent aggression against Ukraine is a unilateral change of the status quo by force and totally unacceptable as it constitutes a violation of international law which shakes the very foundations of the international order. Minister Hayashi emphasized that the international community needs to address the situation in a concerted manner. Minister HAYASHI also mentioned the importance of establishing a free and open international order based on the rules under the vision of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”, as well as the importance of fairness and transparency of development finance and the need for the UN Security Council reform.
- State Minister SUZUKI mentioned that "protection" and "empowerment" as well as "solidarity" are required to realize human security, and stated that Japan will continue to support Africa to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to invest in “people” and to provide support in the area of environment. State Minister SUZUKI also expressed Japan’s commitment to continuously support African-led efforts towards the consolidation of democracy and the promotion of the rule of law to realize sustainable peace and stability.
- In response, African countries expressed their appreciation for Japan’s commitments to African development through the TICAD process and their gratitude for Japan’s support including contribution to the COVAX Facility, vaccine donation and improving Cold Chain. They also expressed concern about the situation in Ukraine and its impacts and the need for the cooperation by the international community.
- The participants confirmed that they would continue to work closely toward the successful TICAD 8 to be held in August this year.