[1st July 2016]

TICAD COMES TO AFRICA, NAIROBI, KENYA
27TH -28TH AUGUST 2016

H.E. Mr. S. K. Maina, MBS
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

The Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) under the theme: Advancing Africa's Sustainable development Agenda- TICAD Partnership for prosperity; will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on 27th -28th August, 2016. It is anticipated that the Summit will attract about six thousand (6000) participants drawn from Africa; Japan; Co-organizers; UN Agencies; International organizations, and, Top Business Executives from both Africa and Japan.

Kenya's development Cooperation with Japan is currently anchored on the TICAD framework along which we have placed special emphasis and focus on Regional infrastructure development; Energy resources development particularly geothermal; the Expansion of the manufacturing sector; capacity development; support for joint venture efforts in the Small & Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), and Environmental Conservation.

Kenya like all African countries is enthusiastic and welcomes the fact that for the first time TICAD will be held in Africa. Hosting TICAD VI in Africa is indeed a milestone achievement that reaffirms the dual principle of Africa's global partnership and ownership which underpinned the formation of TICAD in 1993.

We believe that the initiative will give the continent's ordinary citizens the opportunity to realize the sense of ownership of the TICAD Process and appreciate its significance in contributing to Africa's growth & development.

Most importantly, holding this important event in Africa is a clear recognition that Africa has come of age for mutually profitable partnerships with Japan and the rest of the world. The Summit comes in quick succession of the launch of Africa Agenda 2063 framework- "The Africa We Want", which is in line with the Summit's theme.

Kenya is greatly honored to have been entrusted and bestowed with this huge responsibility to host this very first TICAD Summit in Africa.

Indeed, Nairobi's hosting of TICAD VI affirms Kenya's steadfast commitment to the TICAD Process of forging stronger partnership between Africa and Japan. The honour also underscores Kenya's strong resolve to deepen its enduring bilateral relations with Japan, and further solidify its position as the model of cooperation with Tokyo for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Kenya is grateful for the good will and support received so far from all the Co-organizers (the Government of Japan, the World Bank, UNDP, UN and AUC) the African Diplomatic Corps in Japan, and all other stakeholders in the preparation of the Summit.

The Embassy will remain open and accessible for all stakeholders for TICAD related engagements and support as we collaborate towards the Summit. For further information and inquiries about the Summit please Visit https://ticad6.net or email ticadsecretariat@mfa.go.ke

KARIBUNI KENYA!!

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