#Event: Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Comes to Africa

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To demonstrate its strong African ownership and the deepening partnership among its stakeholders, the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) for the first time since its inception in 1993, will be held in Africa.
The Government of Japan prioritizes cooperation with Africa and puts emphasis on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and the role of the private sector. Since 2005, the Japanese government has provided USD 4 billion under the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance (EPSA) for Africa.
The EPSA is an innovative, multi-component, multi-donor partnership framework between Japan and the AfDB for resource mobilization and development partnership to support implementation of the AfDB’s Strategy for Private Sector Development.
Under the current phase (EPSA II), projects in infrastructure, agriculture and irrigation, water and health sectors are being considered for sovereign co-financing, non-sovereign loans and technical assistance. The latter is aimed at strengthening SMEs. A third phase of EPSA is being negotiated and will be announced during TICAD VI.
TICAD VI is an opportunity for participants to underscore the centrality of quality national and regional infrastructure development on the continent, under five pillars: Industrialization, Health, Water and Sanitation, Women and Youth, and Social Security. All pillars are aligned to the Bank’s High 5 strategic priorities: Light up and Power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialise Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.
An African Development Bank (AfDB) Group delegation led by the Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina, will attend TICAD VI in Nairobi, Kenya from August 27-28, 2016.
Co-organised by the Government of Japan, the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (UN-OSAA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Union Commission (AUC) and the World Bank, the event will bring together over 6,000 participants, including representatives of African countries, international organizations and civil society.
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