NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – The sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development concluded Sunday with the adoption of a three year plan dubbed the Nairobi Declaration that seeks to promote structural economic transformation, resilient healthcare systems and social stability for shared prosperity.
The conference also saw Japan pledge Sh3 trillion to Africa for development.
Speaking during the closing ceremony, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the implementation of the Nairobi Declaration will transform Africa’s economy.
“All the outcomes we have agreed during the conference together through discussion debates, negotiations and dialogue have every hope of not just being implemented but bring about the kind of transformative change that we all want for our continent,” he added.
Through the declaration, Africa and Japan will promote economic diversification and industrialisation with a focus on agriculture, quality infrastructure and public private partnerships.
The three year plan will also see health systems strengthened by increasing funding in the sector and promoting education, training and development for quality health services.
Japan will also work with Africa in combating terrorism, illegal trafficking, countering illicit trade, and corruption through strengthening capacity for cross border surveillance, exchange of information and cooperation at regional, continental and international levels.
“I want to particularly thank the Government of Japan for believing in the future of this continent and for seeking actively to forge a shared future of prosperity with us, rather than trying to do things for us, for seeking to be a partner to Africa, rather than being a professional friend,” President Kenyatta said.
The conference that attracted about 10,000 delegates has also seen about 22 companies from Japan and Africa sign 73 Memoranda of Understanding.
“Japan will continue to support Africa’s development to be led by Africa and for Africa.”