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TICAD Nairobi Declaration hailed as model for Japan – Africa relations

The MoUs signed in 2016 in Nairobi were in various sectors that include energy, infrastructure, private equity and agribusiness among others.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 12 – The 6th Tokyo International Conference of Africa’s Development (TICAD) that Kenya hosted in 2016 has registered considerable gains due to the linkages, commitments and action plan that came out of the first TICAD conference in Africa.

Speaking at a TICAD Mini Consultative Conference, Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Toshitsugu Uesawa said the ‘Nairobi Declaration’, created a framework on which development cooperation between Africa and Japan would be anchored.

“We have had the Mombasa Port Development Project, the Mombasa Special Economic Zone Development Project, the Dongo Kundu Bypass, the Olkaria geothermal plant, and the Ngong Road expansion project, among others,” said Uesawa.

The Japan – Africa partnership has enabled young Kenyans with leadership potential to study for advanced degrees in Japan under the ABE Initiative.

“We also have the Health Sector Policy Loan for Attainment of Universal Health Coverage,” added Uesawa.

“All these serve to demonstrate that TICAD is not just about speeches made at conferences but is about making a real difference in the lives of ordinary people in Africa through well-targeted assistance.”

The Principal Secretary for Planning Dr. Julius Muia said that his ministry has activated a sectoral monitoring and evaluation framework for programmes implemented under TICAD.

“This entails regular updates on all the TICAD programmes across all sectors which allow us to generate updates on the implementation status every six months,” said Muia.

Kenya has received a total of Sh622 billion in form of technical assistance, grants and loans making it the biggest beneficiary of Japanese support in Africa.

In the energy sector, the county received support towards the 140MW Olkaria 1 unit 4 and 5 Geothermal project and the renewable energy model for rural electrification supporting the installation of solar Photovoltaics.

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Besides the official TICAD VI programme, the Forum witnessed 74 side events and a total of 73 MoUs were signed.

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