A total of 73 MoUs worth Kshs. 3 trillion to boost trade and investment between African countries and Japan were signed. The MoUs cover infrastructure, education, health, agriculture, ICT and mining among others.
- Japan promised to support Africa’s position to have an expanded UN Security Council that would include representation from the continent.
- The Summit had the all important focus on Africa’s transformative Agenda 2063 that is being collectively spearheaded under the umbrella of the African Union.
- Japan pledged to work with Africa towards combating insecurity and terrorism. African leaders and Japan committed themselves to tame the rising threat of extremism and piracy on the seas.
- The Japanese pledged to provide $500 million for vocational training for 50,000 youth in Africa to discourage them from joining terrorist groups like Al-Shabaab.
With reference to Kenya;
- The Country secured a pledge of Kshs. 27.3 billion from Japan to construct an industrial park and free trade area (Special Economic Zone) at Dongo Kundu, Mombasa. The first phase of the Special Economic Zone is scheduled to be ready by 2019. The agreement involves the development of infrastructure, including Berth 1 at the Port of Mombasa, access roads and transmission line, water supply pipeline from the mainland and sub-station drainage, power supply and a free trade zone.
- Four international companies donated a Kshs. 7.6 million mobile laboratory to the First Lady’s Beyond Zero Campaign.
- Kenya and Japan signed the Agreement on Promotion and Protection of Investment (APPI) that is expected to spur Japanese investments in Kenya.
- Kenya’s private sector also took advantage of the TICAD VI conference to showcase their companies at the exhibitions, business fora and symposia as well as in many side events that were held before and during the TICAD VI conference.
The TICAD VI Secretariat subsequently organized a retreat through the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Devolution and Planning - the ministries that spearheaded the planning and execution of the TICAD VI Conference - the Retreat was necessitated by the need to review and assess the logistical and organizational arrangements, take stock of the substantive outcomes of the Conference and the way forward. The Retreat produced two Reports, the first on the Organization of TICAD VI and the second on the Substantive Outcome of TICAD VI.
TICAD VI SECRETARIAT
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