On 27th to 28th August 2016, Heads of State and Government and delegates of Japan and 54 African countries, together with the representatives of 52 other partner countries, 74 international and regional organisations, representatives of the private sector and civil society organisations, gathered in Nairobi for the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). This high level delegation affirmed the TICAD VI Nairobi Declaration: “Advancing Africa’s sustainable development agenda: TICAD partnership for prosperity.” This was the first time in history for TICAD to be held in the African Continent since it was launched in 1993. TICAD was launched by Japan to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners on the issues facing Africa, such as economic development, poverty and conflict. The three priority thematic areas that formed the basis of discussions included: 1) Promoting Structural Economic Transformation through Economic Diversification and Industrialisation 2) Promoting Resilient Health Systems for Quality of Life and 3) Promoting Social Stability for Shared Prosperity.
This high level delegation affirmed the TICAD VI Nairobi Declaration comprised of three sets of resolutions based on the three thematic priority areas:
Promoting structural economic transformation through economic diversification and industrialisation. The delegates resolved to contribute in a sustainable manner to economic diversification and industrialisation by helping to accelerate the growth of industries. They also emphasised the significant role played by the private sector and the importance of improving the business environment to promote trade and investment to create employment and highlighted the importance of quality infrastructure. Additionally, they underscored the need to accelerate efforts to develop requisite skills through education, technical and vocational training, and to improve institutional capacity for economic diversification to promote and sustain structural transformation.
Promoting resilient health systems for quality of life. Under this pillar, the delegates committed to strengthen health systems to enhance their resilience, sustainability and inclusiveness. The efforts to strengthen health systems at various levels throughout the continent should be well-coordinated with the current international movement towards reinforcing the global health architecture to strengthen prompt and effective response to public health crises. A strengthened health system will lay the foundation for achieving universal health coverage (UHC), which will contribute to strengthening preparedness for public health emergencies as well as to improving the quality of life.
Promoting social stability for shared prosperity. The delegates resolved to promote social stability by responding comprehensively to security concerns. In this regard, they emphasised the centrality of protecting and empowering individuals, especially youth, women and persons with disabilities, families and their communities by improving access to education, technical and vocational training, job creation and opportunity, and promoting social cohesion. They reaffirmed the commitment to fight against terrorism and violent extremism with enhanced international cooperation in strengthening counter-terrorism capacity in Africa.
The delegates agreed to promote various measures in the Nairobi Implementation Plan as a way forward to supporting the aforementioned priority areas under the three pillars.2016-09-28