TICAD YOKOHAMA 2019
With the China-us competition grabbing attention, Japan’s diplomats are seeking to raise their game to improve diplomatic ties and economic links with Africa. Those will be the subjects of the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development on 28-30 August. Tokyo lags far behind China in terms of how joined-up the public and private sectors are in their African engagement. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government plans to address this at the summit by launching a new consultative body to help the Japanese government and private sector work together to extend their influence in African countries. African leaders want to talk about Tokyo’s 2016 promise to deliver $30bn in public and private aid and investment deals over a three-year period. There have not been any blockbuster deals worth billions that would get close to that number. For example, Tokyo issued a $94m loan in 2018 for Kenya to refurbish a geothermal plant.