Pres­i­dent ar­rives in Kenya for TI­CAD VI Sum­mit

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tendai Mu­gabe in Nairobi, Kenya

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe ar­rived here yes­ter­day to join other African Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment at­tend­ing the Sixth Tokyo In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on African De­vel­op­ment (TI­CAD VI) Sum­mit.

He was re­ceived at the Jomo Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Air­port by For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sim­barashe Mum­bengegwi who trav­elled ahead of him, Kenya’s per­ma­nent sec­re­tary for De­fence Kanmi Kabeira, Zim­babwe’s am­bas­sador to Kenya Kele­bert Nko­mani, Kenya’s am­bas­sador to Zim­babwe Lucy Che­limo and Zim­babwe’s em­bassy staff.

Soon after his ar­rival, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe signed the vis­i­tors’ book be­fore he pro­ceeded to his ho­tel.

Health and Child Care Min­is­ter Dr David Parireny­atwa and In­dus­try and Com­merce Deputy Min­is­ter Chi­ratidzo Mabuwa are also part of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s del­e­ga­tion.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe was seen off at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Air­port by Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko (who is Act­ing Pres­i­dent), Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and se­nior civil ser­vants.

More than 35 African lead­ers have con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion at this high level meet­ing which is start­ing to­day at the Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe, who is the con­vener of the Sum­mit, ar­rived here on Thurs­day.

TI­CAD con­trib­utes to the fa­cil­i­ta­tion and pro­mo­tion of high-level pol­icy di­a­logue be­tween African lead­ers and Africa’s de­vel­op­ment part­ners on is­sues re­lat­ing to eco­nomic growth, trade and in­vest­ment, sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, hu­man se­cu­rity, peace and sta­bil­ity and gov­er­nance.

The sum­mit, which is end­ing to­mor­row, is be­ing held in Africa for the first time since its in­cep­tion in 1993.

In 1993, Ja­pan co-hosted the in­au­gu­ral TI­CAD con­fer­ence and had done so in the sub­se­quent years on a five year in­ter­val.

By pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for high-level pol­icy di­a­logue, TI­CAD has be­come a crit­i­cal global plat­form through which Asian and African na­tions, as well as in­ter­na­tional stake­hold­ers, can col­lab­o­rate to pro­mote Africa’s de­vel­op­ment.

As a mul­ti­lat­eral part­ner­ship, TI­CAD pro­cesses ac­tively pro­mote South-South and tri­an­gu­lar co­op­er­a­tion, in ad­di­tion to tra­di­tional co-op­er­a­tion.

The sum­mit, which is co-or­gan­ised by the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan, the United Na­tions Of­fice of the Spe­cial Ad­viser on Africa, the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme, the African Union and the World Bank, will fo­cus on pro­mot­ing struc­tural eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion through diver­si­fi­ca­tion and in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion; pro­mot­ing re­silient health sys­tem for qual­ity life and pro­mot­ing so­cial sta­bil­ity for shared pros­per­ity.

Var­i­ous side events such as sem­i­nars/sym­po­siums, ex­hi­bi­tions and busi­ness fo­rum have been sched­uled to run con­cur­rently with the TI­CAD VI Sum­mit.

The de­ci­sion to host TI­CAD VI Sum­mit in Africa was reached dur­ing the TI­CAD V Sum­mit in 2013 when it was agreed that the venue of sub­se­quent TI­CAD Sum­mits be al­ter­nated be­tween Ja­pan and Africa. The in­ter­val of sum­mit Meet­ings was also short­ened from ev­ery five years to three years.

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