PM Madbouly in Tunisia to attend Tokyo conference on African development

Ahram Online , Saturday 27 Aug 2022

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly arrived on Friday evening in Tunisia to chair the Egyptian delegation participating in the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8) on behalf of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

PM Madbouly

 

Tunisia is hosting TICAD8 between 27-28 August for a host of African heads of state and government.

The TICAD conference aims to enhance strategic partnership between Japan and African countries, increasing Japan's contributions to the continent's development. Areas of  mutual benefits include fields of agriculture, industry, economy and health.

Madbouly was received by Tunisia’s Defence Minister Imad Mamish and Egypt's Ambassador to Tunis Ehab Fahmy, a cabinet statement read.

Madbouly stressed the importance of the TICAD conference as an international platform, in partnership with Japan, that deals with development issues in Africa.

The premier is due to deliver a speech in the summit's first general session on economic issues. He is also slated to hold a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit.

In 2019, Egypt, as then-president of the African Union, and Japan co-chaired the TICAD7 summit, held in Japan from 28-30 August, with the participation of African leaders.

During TICAD7, Japan pledged to boost investments in Africa through the country's private sector to help the continent's development.

A total of $25.6 billion has been invested in the continent from the Japanese private sector since 2016.

This the second time the summit is being held in an African nation, after Kenya in 2016.

The Japanese government has been leading the summit since 1993, co-hosted by United Nations, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and African Union Commission.

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