President Kenyatta off to Japan for TICAD 7 Summit

President Uhuru Kenyatta is out of the country to attend the Tokyo International Conference African Development (TICAD) that is slated to take place on August 28.

He left the country for Yokohama, Japan on Monday evening to attend the conference’s 7th  after he flagged-off Kenya’s export of crude oil from Mombasa.

Ina three-day international conference which will focus on development in Africa, will stretch to August 30. Kenya will be seeking to strengthen its bilateral relations as well as consolidate cooperation with Japan in various sectors of the economy.

The conference is significant for Kenya as it is pegged on the theme, “Advancing Africa’s development through people and innovation” TICAD 7 provides prospects the nation to engage directly with Japanese investors.

President Kenyatta’s Big 4 agenda will be a key point of focus with Kenyan delegation to the conference will focus on Affordable Housing, Agriculture, Universal Health Care and Manufacturing by optimizing the resources available in Japan.

Close to 300 Japanese corporate captains, a host of African presidents, and up to 6,000 delegates graced the Tokyo 6th International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD) Summit in Nairobi, the first of its kind in Africa.

Apart from showcasing Kenya’s growth and exposing Japan to available areas of cooperation in trade and investment, TICAD 6 facilitated a high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and Africa’s development partners on issues regarding growth, sustainable development, security, peace and stability.

TICAD 7 will review the proceeds of the predeceasing conference made on these issues and chart the way forward.

Launched by Japan in 1993 to promote Africa’s development, TICAD has over the years grown into a major global and multilateral forum for mobilizing and sustaining international support for Africa’s development under the principles of Africa ownership and international partnership.

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