Vietnam attends Tokyo int’l conference on African development hinh anh 1Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Cuong (Photo: VNA)
Tokyo (VNA)
– Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Cuong led a Vietnamese delegation to attend the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), which kicked off in Yokohama city of Japan on August 28.

The event saw the participation of officials from African countries, Japan and their partner countries, and representatives from regional and international organisations, and enterprises.

Themed “Advancing Africa’s Development through People, Technology and Innovation”, the event focused on measures to accelerating economic transformation and improving business environment in Africa through innovation and the participation of private sector.

Participants also discussed ways to enhance peace and stability in the continent through promoting initiatives built by African countries.

Hundreds of conferences and workshops will be held on the sidelines of the TICAD 7, highlighting the important role of the private sector in concretising sustainable economic growth goals in Africa.

As scheduled, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce a programme to support Africa in promoting development and expand investment of Japan in the continent.

Participants will adopt a joint statement, calling for enhanced investment of the private sector to promote growth in the area.

Initiated by Japan from 1993, TICAD aims to promote policy dialogue among leaders of African countries and their development partners on urgent issues that the continent is facing such as economic development and poverty reduction.

The event is jointly organised by the Japanese Government, the UN, the UN Development Programme and the Africa Union Commission (AUC) each five years to 2013, and each three years from 2016.-VNA