Nairobi TICAD forum to focus on economic transformation and healthcare

This year’s Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development (TICAD), to be held in Nairobi will focus on promoting structural economic transformation through economic diversification and industrialization, promotion of resilient health systems for quality of life and promotion of social stability.

The affair, which will be held between August 27 and 28, 2016 will be the first Summit of its kind to be held outside Japan.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to open the event alongside Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. Over 20 African leaders are expected to attend the conference.

“It is clear to us that industrialisation and innovation are key drivers of prosperity, right across the world, said State House Spokesperson Manoah Isipisu.

“It is equally clear that these are two areas in which Japan has experience and expertise to share. African countries — Kenya among them — long ago identified the shortfall in industrial skills as a central hindrance to the prosperity we hope to see for our confidence. We hope, therefore, to learn from Japan’s experience in these fields,” Isipisu said as he addressed the media at State House on Sunday.

As many as 5,000 delegates are expected to attend the forum. The forum comes after the country hosted the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (TICAD) that saw 194 nations sign two key documents: the Nairobi Azimio, and the Nairobi Maafikiano.

“These visits are proof of Kenya’s growing influence, strong friendships and partnerships with nation’s right across the world,” added Isipisu.

The country is also set to host the Africa Agricultural Forum on September 4th to 9th 2016. Over 2,000 delegates are expected to attend this forum aimed at discussing the future of Africa’s Agriculture as a main source of food, employment, and income.


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