On 11 October 2016, UNU-IAS organized the Post-TICAD VI Seminar on the Implementation of the Outcomes of TICAD VI in Tokyo. The event shared ideas on implementing the Nairobi Declaration and Action Plan, which were adopted at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). Participants discussed ways in which to build on the momentum created by TICAD VI, and to strengthen existing partnerships between Africa and Japan.
In his welcoming remarks, Prof. Masafumi Nagao (Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS), on behalf of the Director of UNU-IAS, Dr. Kazuhiko Takemoto, emphasized the role UNU had played in advancing the TICAD process, noting that UNU-IAS organized four side events during TICAD VI.
In sharing the outcomes of the conference, Ambassador Benson H.O. Ogutu (Special Envoy for TICAD; Director General of the TICAD VI Secretariat), pointed out that TICAD VI was held in a critical period for African development. Its close alignment with Africa’s Agenda 2063 framework was particularly significant. He stressed that holding TICAD VI in Nairobi had been a great success, but that the real work would start now to actualize the outcomes that were agreed upon in Nairobi.
In their remarks, Dr. Takao Toda (Senior Special Advisor to the President of JICA) and Mr. Tadashi Yokoyama (Head, Africa Development Bank External Representative Office for Asia), expressed the commitment of their institutions to work with other stakeholders to ensure that the outcomes of TICAD VI would be implemented.
Summarizing the discussions, Dr. Emmanuel Mutisya (Programme Coordinator, UNU-IAS) emphasized that the event had taken stock of the Nairobi outcome, and considered a practical implementation plan and the role of all stakeholders in actualizing TICAD VI outcomes.
The seminar presentations can be downloaded from the Related Files tab.