NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 26 – In preparation for the official kick off of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference of Africa Development TICAD-VI on Saturday, the Nairobi Declaration Draft document has already been adopted.
Speaking to Capital FM Business on Friday, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the document which was adopted during closed door Japan-Kenya Ministerial Meeting at KICC is now ready to be handed over to the heads of states for review and adoption.
“We spent a little time discussing any controversial issues and we agreed very quickly. We have the draft declaration adopted by the ministers ready to be handed over to the heads of state and if there are any changes we will make and normally it should be adopted, then we go into other programmes in the summit,” Mohamed said.
After the final adoption during the summit, the Nairobi Declaration is a document hoped to specifically commit leaders to developmental agenda that advances economic growth issues including industrialisation, resilient health systems as well as social stability for shared prosperity between Japan and Africa.
At the last TICAD-V in Yokohama in 2013, “Yokohama Declaration 2013” spelled out goals to be achieved and specific measures to be implemented by TICAD V participants, both African countries and international partners through the TICAD process during five years (2013-2017).
Greater attention was given to Africa’s own efforts in mainstreaming of women and youth and promotion of human security across all aspects of development agenda.
On the other hand, the Government of Japan pledged $32 billion within those five years, with an emphasis on infrastructure and human resource development in Africa.
During the TICAD-VI, Kenya is expecting at least 34 heads of states to attend its official opening on Saturday morning, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
CS Mohamed confirmed that at least 49 different ministers among other senior foreign officials have arrived.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Ethiopian Prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn are among the leaders in the country and who attended the opening of the morning Ministerial Meeting.
“I cannot confirm the exact number of those who are here but we are expecting at 34 heads of states. As you can see, the mood is right and all is set. We have 49 ministers already here and other special advisors to Presidents,” Mohamed said.
At least 10,000 delegates are slated for meeting which is the first to take place in Kenya and Africa. During TICAD-V, the meeting saw close to 5000 delegates participate.
Over 100 companies from Japan will be in the country to exhibit as part of the 4,000 delegates from Japan.
Moreover 60 business Memorandums of Understanding are also expected to be signed during the conference.