07 December 2019 08:11 AM

Egypt's participation in TICAD 7

Tuesday، 20 August 2019 - 05:11 PM

The Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) will be held on August 28-30, 2019 in Yokohama, Japan, under the theme “Africa and Yokohama, sharing passion for the future.”

It is expected that this summit will witness a distinguished African representation. About 40 African countries will take part in this event including: Egypt, Cameron, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Chad, South Africa, Algeria and others.

TICAD is considered one of the most important summits and gatherings that contribute to the development of the African continent.

It plays a major role in facilitating and promoting high-level political dialogue between African leaders and development partners on issues related to economic growth, trade and investment, sustainable development, human security, peace and stability.

The History of TICAD Summit                                                                         

TICAD was held for the 1st time in Tokyo in 1993 as a result of a Japanese initiative.

It aims at enhancing dialogue between African- Japanese leaders, promoting Africa’s development, peace and security, strengthening relations between the countries, and establishing strong partnerships between Japan and the black continent.

The international summit which has been held regularly since then is not just led by Japan, yet several international partners shared the organization of TICAD along with the Japanese government including: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the World Bank (WB).

Tokyo hosted the six pre-summit editions in 1992, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2016.

Formerly held every 5 years, TICAD meetings have been shortened to 3 years. Japan’s contributions to Africa primarily focus on development assistance as well as poverty alleviation and the scope of its cooperation gradually expanded to include many sectors such as education, health, community development, infrastructure investment or the effects of climate change.

Egypt key role in TICAD 7

Egypt will play a significant role in TICAD 7 in the light of its current presidency of the African Union (AU), according to Japanese Ambassador to Cairo, Masaki Noke.

As part of the preparations for TICAD7, Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry met his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) held last February, .

The meeting tackled coordination for both of TICAD and G20 summits.

In addition, a high-level Egyptian delegation visited Tokyo last month to discuss with the Japanese side the latest preparations ahead of the summit.

The Egyptian delegation was headed by Ambassador Khaled Amara, Assistant Foreign Minister for African organizations affairs, and Osama Abdel Khalek, Egypt’s Ambassador to Addis Ababa and its permanent representative to the AU.

Topics to be discussed during TICAD 7

TICAD 7 summit session will focus on various key issues including:

1-Economic transformation

2-Improving the business environment especially through the involvement of the private sector

3- Building a sustainable society for human security

4-Achieving peace and stability

In addition, a number of bilateral agreements between Japan and African countries will be signed during the conference.

Sisi message to TICAD

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said he is looking forward to the contribution of TICAD and other strategic partners of Africa to enhance joint efforts to reach aspired regional and economic integration in the continent.The statements were made by El-Sisi in a message posted by the Japanese foreign ministry on its official website on Monday on the occasion of holding the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7 YOKOHAMA 2019) in Japan on 28-30 August.

El-Sisi stressed his belief that TICAD7 would continue to focus on Africa's needs and priorities and the use points of strength of its partners.The TICAD has been, since its launch in 1993, one of the key forums of various partners supporting Africa and its development aspirations, the president said in his message.

El-Sisi said integration in Africa has been going on tangibly over the past two decades since the establishment of the African Union. The launching of the Africa Agenda 2063 and the Free Trade Zone in Africa are key milestones in African efforts to reach the aspired regional and economic integration in the continent, he added.The AU has succeeded over the past years to formulate a number of targets on the Africa Agenda 2063 and give priority to development projects in Africa which help achieve sustainable development in the continent, he said.He expressed his appreciation to the people and government of Japan for hosting the event and the organisers of the important meeting, particularly the African Union Commission, the World Bank and the UN Development Programme. 


Tuesday August 27,2019

 

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived in the Japanese city of Yokohama, the venue of the seventh TICAD, early Tuesday.

Wednesday August 28,2019

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that was attended by official delegations from both Egypt and Japan.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi posed for a photo op with African leaders and heads of international organizations taking part in the TICAD 7.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and UN Secretary General António Guterres addressed the opening session of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi expressed his appreciation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Japanese people for their efforts to set the stage for the TICAD 7. Speaking at the inaugural session of the TICAD, Sisi said he has the pleasure to speak at this event that brings together Africa with one of its strategic partners.

- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met in his residence with the president of The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi is set to hold key talks with a number of African leaders participating in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VII) which opened on Wednesday and runs until Friday.

Thursday August 29, 2019

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had talks with Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko on investment opportunities in Egypt and means of boosting bilateral cooperation in the economic and trade domains.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, saying that Egypt is seeking continued cooperation with the UN to deal with top-priority files of developing countries and fund the implementation of the 2030 sustainable development agenda.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had a meeting with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, hailing the vital role of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni as one of Africa's wise leaderships.

President Sisi praised Museveni's efforts to step up security and stability in Africa, asserting the strength of historic relations binding the two countries as well as Egypt's eagerness to boost bilateral relations at all levels.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took part in a business forum. Addressing the Japan-Africa Business Forum - a side event of TICAD 7 - Sisi said it focuses on cooperation between the private sectors in Africa and Japan.


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