PRESIDENT Hage Geingob left on a working visit to Japan to participate in the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development.
During the visit President Geingob will hold several bilateral meetings, which would include a meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe.
According to a statement issued by State House the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) is a summit level international conference on Africa’s development initiated by Japan in 1993.
Since its inception, it has become an important platform for collective dialogue and an effective mechanism for enhancing mutually beneficial cooperation between African countries and Japan.
The seventh Tokyo Intentional Conference on African Development will be held under the theme “Advancing Africa’s Development through People, Technology, and Innovation”.
The theme will be discussed under three pillars:
• Accelerating Economic Transformation and Improving Business Environment Through Innovation and Private Sector Engagement: This pillar recognizes the importance of economic diversification and industrialization through connectivity, technology and innovation to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic transformation and growth. It also recognizes the critical role of private sector involvement.
• Deepening Sustainable and Resilient Society: This pillar acknowledges the important role of connectivity in terms of people, institutions and countries, as well as science, technology and innovation (STI) for building sustainable and resilient societies by reducing poverty, promoting human security, improving livelihoods, proving access to healthcare, facilitating inclusion, addressing climate change, managing rapid urbanization and promoting social cohesion.
• Strengthening Peace and Stability: This pillar reiterates the importance of promoting human security, peace and stability through a people-centred approach to development and by strengthening institutions at local, national and continental levels in order to address the root causes of conflict.
Dr. Geingob will intervene in two plenary sessions, namely “Public-Private Business Dialogue” and “Deepening Sustainable and Resilient Society for Human Security”.
The President will also provide an intervention during a thematic debate on the Blue Economy, on 29 August 2019.
At the conclusion of the conference the various Heads of State and Governments are expected to adopt the “Yokohama Declaration”, and an accompanying “Yokohama Action Plan”.