UNIDO Dialogue in Tokyo strengthens multi-stakeholder “Africa and TICAD7” cooperation

UNIDO Dialogue in Tokyo strengthens multi-stakeholder “Africa and TICAD7” cooperation

TOKYO, 26 October 2018 – UNIDO’s Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Tokyo continues to foster international engagement towards TICAD7 as it hosted a very well attended multi-stakeholder dialogue on the “Africa and TICAD7” cooperation.

“UNIDO operates numerous programmes to enhance the relationships between African and Japanese companies,” said UNIDO Deputy to the Director General Hiroshi Kuniyoshi during his opening remarks. “UNIDO is a reputable broker for innovative technologies of Japanese firms and Africa’s increasing demand; together, we can ensure that Japanese industries contribute to the inclusive and sustainable development of Africa.”

Over 100 high-level participants participated in the dialogue, including from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – all of whom introduced their efforts in support of TICAD7. From the African Diplomatic Corps (ADC), Eritrean Ambassador and ADC Dean Estifanos Afeworki Haile, Cameroon’s Ambassador and Chair of the TICAD Committee Pierre Ndzengue, and Algerian Ambassador and Chair of the ADC Science and Technology Committee Mohamed El Amine Bencherif stressed the need to feature industrialization in Africa as one of the key pillars of the upcoming TICAD conference.

Japanese companies, which already operate in Africa or wish to expand to Africa, also took part, including Taiyo Electric Co. Ltd., NEC Corporation, Komatsu Ltd., Tromso Co. Ltd., and Lequio Power Technology Corp., who shared their experiences in doing business in Africa, with the support of the UNIDO ITPO Tokyo.

“Next year, the ITPO will focus its strategy, and especially its Delegate and Advisor programme, on the introduction of Japanese technologies,” said Head of UNIDO ITPO Tokyo Yuko Yasunaga. “As mentioned by the African Development Corps, I believe that Japanese businesses should think of Africa as a reliable partner to achieve mutual prosperity, and inclusive and sustainable industrialization will be crucial for TICAD7.” Several UNIDO actors also introduced their activities to promote multi-stakeholder cooperation, including Africa Division Chief Victor Djemba and UNIDO Representative in Cote d’Ivoire Tidiane Boye.

In his concluding remarks, and prior to the networking reception that further advanced the discussions, UNIDO Deputy to the Director General Hiroshi Kuniyoshi said: “Japanese investment and training opportunities are now available in 54 African countries. UNIDO looks forward to provide more business intelligence and networking support to foster Japan-Africa cooperation, which in turn will contribute to TICAD7, and by extension to unfolding the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA3) and achieving Sustainable Development Goal 9 on inclusive and sustainable industrialization, innovation and infrastructure.