(ANSA) – TUNIS, AUGUST 27 – The Ticad 8 (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) summit is scheduled today and tomorrow in Tunis, which aims to “discuss how to create a sustainable world together”, in the “complex context of the epidemic of Covid and the situation in Ukraine “.
Japan “strongly intends to support development led by Africans themselves”, indicates the Tokyo Foreign Ministry on its website for the presentation of the summit, underlining the advantages of a Japanese economy: “Quality growth” and “the emphasis on people”. Japan claims it wants to establish a real “partnership” with Africa for “African-led development”, without losing sight of a Chinese competitor very well established in the region.
Some 5,000 participants are expected to attend this summit, which will end on Sunday, including 30 heads of state and government from all over Africa. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who contracted Covid shortly before the summit, will speak online from Japan, while Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa is instead present.
On the sidelines of the summit, an economic forum bringing together businessmen and “parallel events” involving civil society on the inclusion of women and innovation is planned.
Since their creation in 1993, the Ticad summits, organized in collaboration with the United Nations, the World Bank and the African Union, have generated 26 development projects in 20 African countries. Yesterday a diplomatic incident characterized the day with Morocco which canceled its participation in the Conference and recalled its ambassador to Tunis for consultations due to the welcome given to the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, by the Tunisian president Kais Saied . “A serious and unprecedented act, which deeply wounds the feelings of the Moroccan people and their living forces”, wrote the Foreign Ministry of Rabat in a note. (HANDLE).