Japan has said it will continue to support Africa to become self-reliant through skills transfer programs, talent development initiatives and the provision of advanced technology to build high-quality infrastructure.
The African continent is moving from aid reliance to self-sustainability with support from various development partners including Japan.
On Tuesday (July 19), the Royal African Society (RAS) in association with the Government of Japan held talks to brainstorm on how Japan can work with African nations to attain development.
The event, called ‘Japan and Africa: A new kind of relationship?’ took place in London and focused on the agendas that will be discussed during the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), which will be held in Nairobi next month. TICAD VI will take place from 27-28 August.
The event featured Prof Akihiko Tanaka of University of Tokyo who is also former President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Speaking ahead of the event, Prof Tanaka expressed his optimism about African countries noting that they will become invaluable to Japan in the coming decades, as growing business partners with huge market potential.