Kenya upbeat ahead of Japan-Africa Summit
18 August 2016, 19:24
Nairobi (Xinhua) -- Kenyan officials have sounded optimistic about the sixth Tokyo International Conference on Africa's Development (TICAD) summit to be held in the Kenyan capital on Aug. 27-28, saying its successful hosting for the first time on African soil would improve global confidence on Kenya.
"Nobody will doubt our capacity to host any meeting that can be held around the world after this Summit," Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary, Mwangi Kiunjuri told reporters in Nairobi on Thursday.
Amina Mohamed, Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs said at least 4,000Japanese delegates are expected to attend the Summit. The TICAD Summit comprises 73 different sessions to discuss matters of trade between Africa and Japan.
Mohamed said so far 100 Japanese companies have confirmed participation in an international exhibition and would also take place in a Business forum scheduled during the Summit.
"There are 60 Memorandum of Understanding to be signed during the forum," Mohamed said when asked about the potential benefits the African business leaders were likely to obtain from the Summit.
"Africa is working towards economic and political integration across the continent. We are talking about continental integration and we want to trade more with ourselves," Ambassador Catherine Muigai, Kenya's Permanent Representative to the African Union(AU) told Xinhua.
Japan and other TICAD co-organisers, including the AU, the UN Office of the Special Advisor on Africa, the UN Development Programme and the World Bank, are expected to meet to discuss economic growth, trade and investment as well as sustainable development.
TICAD, first held in 1993, is an international forum of high-level political engagement between Africa and Japan which provides a platform for discussion on matters of national and regional development.