I am most delighted to join in welcoming our distinguished delegates to Kenya as we host one of the biggest Conference Tokyo International Conference on African Development.
This conference has accorded Kenya one of the most important global platforms for re-focussing our quest for development among other critical agendas focusing on livelihood issues; notably, economic growth; agriculture and farming as well as social stability.
Kenya like all African countries is enthusiastic and welcomes the fact that for the first time TICAD is being held in Africa.
Hosting TICAD VI in Africa is indeed a milestone achievement that reaffirms the dual principle of Africa’s global partnership and ownership which underpinned the formation of TICAD in 1993.
Most importantly, holding this important event in Kenya is a clear recognition that the Country has come of age for mutually profitable partnerships with Japan and the rest of the world.
The Summit comes in quick succession of the launch of Africa Agenda 2063 framework- “The Africa We Want”, which is in line with the Summit’s theme. Kenya is greatly honoured to have been entrusted and bestowed with this huge responsibility to host this very first TICAD Summit in Africa.
Indeed, Kenya’s hosting of TICAD VI affirms the Country’s steadfast commitment to the TICAD process of forging stronger partnership between Africa and Japan.
The honour also underscores Kenya’s strong resolve to deepen its enduring bilateral relations with Japan, and further solidify its position as the model of cooperation with Tokyo for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Kenya is grateful for the good will and support received so far from all the Co-organizers (the Government of Japan, the World Bank, UNDP, UN and AUC the African Diplomatic Corps in Japan, and all other stakeholders in the preparation of the Summit.
Brand Kenya Board will remain open and accessible to all stakeholders for TICAD related engagements and support as we collaborate towards the Summit. I invite you to tour our country, the land of unlimited possibilities and Africa’s Silicon Savannah.