Healthcare major theme at TICAD VI Summit

GEORGE OKORE By GEORGE OKORE, 11th Aug 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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For President Uhuru Kenyatta, this will be another international crowning following the successful hosting UNCTAD 14 Summit last month.

he major theme of TICAD VI will be health care, especially universal health care

By George Okore
For the first time since inception in 1993, Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD) will it be convene later this month in Africa, demonstrating the strong continent’s strong ownership and deepening partnership among stakeholders.

The Nairobi Summit from August 27-28 2016 will be hosted on behalf of African Union (AU) is therefore the first time TICAD is being hosted in Africa and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe will be gracing the event. The major theme of TICAD VI will be health care, especially universal health care, resilient health systems and reproductive health in Africa.

TICAD was initiated by Japanese government in 1993 as a platform for policy dialogue on African development. All previous five sessions have been held in Japan. However, in 2013, consensus was reached for rotational three-year intervals between summits instead of previous five years. Majority of the 54 African Heads of State and Government, as well as representatives of global development finance community are expected in Nairobi for the event, which for the first time will have an interactive session between governments and private sector.

For President Uhuru Kenyatta, this will be another international crowning following the successful hosting UNCTAD 14 Summit last month. The president says TICAD reflects the wish of African continent shifting from aid reliance to self-sustainability with support from Japan and other development partners. “Japan has jealously to promoted peace and stability in Africa, emphasizing on African ownership of Africa’s future and while appreciating commitments from international community,” he says

Within the greater East African region, Japan support regional integration agenda and to strengthen areas of cooperation between herself and East African Community (EAC), where Tokyo enagages the region in various development projects and programmes.

Japan firmly believes that in order to foster socio-economic development, private sector engagement is key, and Tokyo is committed to facilitating involvement of private sector in both regions to play its critical role in the EAC integration agenda.

Noteworthy, TICAD has promoted high-level political dialogue between Africa and its development partners and mobilizing support in favor of African development initiatives. The launch of TICAD was catalytic for refocusing international attention on Africa's development needs. In the course of the past 20 years, TICAD has evolved into a major global and open and multilateral forum for mobilizing and sustaining international support for Africa's development under the principles of African ownership and international partnership.

By providing an opportunity for high-level policy dialogue, TICAD has become a major global platform through which Asian and African nations, as well as international stakeholders, can collaborate to promote Africa's development. The Summit is also expected to rally around a Nairobi Declaration which will specifically commit leaders to the important developmental agenda that advances all the three focus areas.

The Summit believes that African countries will become invaluable to Japan as growing business partners with huge market potential in coming decades. Japan co-hosted previous editions in 1993 (TICAD I), 1998 (TICAD II), 2003 (TICAD III), 2008 (TICAD IV) and 2013 (TICAD V). The Nairobi summit will feature representation from Africa’s Civil Society Organisations and there will be numerous side events, symposia and exhibitions mounted by the Japanese and Africa’s Private sector.


Africa, Health, Health Care, Japan, Ticad

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