His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio will commence participation on Wednesday 28th August at the opening session of the TICAD7 Summit together with a large number of other African Heads of State and Government and representatives of international organisations, development partners, private companies, civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations. TICAD is the largest international conference normally held in Japan and thousands of participants are expected to participate in this year’s Summit.
Whilst in Japan, His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio is also expected to hold a bilateral meeting on the margins of the conference with the Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency Shinzō Abe to strengthening the relationship between Sierra Leone and Japan. He is also expected to hold meeting with the Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which is the agency that coordinates official Development Assistance for the government of Japan. His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio and Her Excellency Madam Fatima Bio are also expected to participate in several events on the margins of the Summit.
The theme for this year’s TICAD7 Summit is: “Advancing Africa's development through
People, technology and innovation”. And the three pillars of the TICAD7 Summit are: (1) Accelerating economic transformation and improving business environment through innovation and private sector engagement; (2) Deepening sustainable and resilient society and (3) Strengthening peace and stability. This TICAD7 is President Bio’s maiden summit on Tokyo International Conference on African Development since his election as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. The last TICAD Summit (TICAD6) was held in 2016 for the first time in Africa in Nairobi, Kenya and it was attended by 11,000 people including business persons from about 200 Japanese companies.
The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) is an international conference led by the Japanese government and co-sponsored by the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the World Bank. After TICADs IV and V were successfully held in Yokohama in 2008 and 2013, TICAD will be coming back to Yokohama, and TICAD 7 will be held from August 28 through 30, 2019. TICAD is the largest international conference held in Japan. TICAD V saw more than 4,500 participants – heads of state and government, representatives of international and regional organizations, civil societies, NGOs, and the private sector.
TICAD is a multilateral forum whose participants include not only African countries but also international organisations, partner countries, private companies and civil society organisations involved in development. The participants engage in fruitful discussions on African development, bringing together a broad range of global know-how and efforts of the international community. TICAD provides an open forum that generates innovative discussion, among various stakeholders, on African development.