President Muhammadu Buhari, last week, joined his co-African leaders in Yokohama, in search of more Japanese assistance to the continent. Japan had initiated the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) in 1993 broadly “to refocus international attention on the importance and urgency of African development issues, as well as to promote a high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners.” Its specific objectives are to a promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and their partners; and to mobilise support for African-owned development initiatives.
It prides itself as having, since inception, provided fundamental and comprehensive policy guidelines on African development as it has evolved into a major global framework to facilitate the implementation of initiatives for promoting African development under the dual principle of African ownership and international partnership.
The meeting in Yokohama was the seventh edition of TICAD and Buhari’s second outing. His first being the sixth edition, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya in 2016. Before he left for the Japanese city, the presidency apprised the country of his mission including the delivering of Nigeria’s statement at the plenary session where he was meant to appraise Nigeria-Japan relations and takeaways from the Nairobi’s TICAD6, as well as have a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.
This document was reviewed and posted by Leon Usigbe and Tariah Douglas respectively