Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI, 27 - 28 August 2016)

  • The Sixth Summit of the Tokyo International on African Development (TICAD VI) took place from 27 to 28 August 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, on the theme “Advancing Africa’s sustainable development agenda – TICAD partnership for prosperity.” TICAD VI was a milestone, as it was the first TICAD Summit held on the African continent in its 23 years history. It attracted some 30 African Heads of State and Government, 70 Chief Executives of Japanese companies and over 7000 participants, making this the highest number of participants ever in a TICAD summit. The Summit adopted the Nairobi Declaration and Implementation Plan at the closing session on 28 August 2016.

  • USG Abdelaziz emphasized that good governance is both an outcome and an enabler of development and called for greater TICAD support for African good governance tools, including the African Governance Architecture (AGA), the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the African Human Security Index.

  • In his keynote address, H.E. President Museveni highlighted key bottlenecks to the achievement of good governance and emphasized the need for promoting socio-economic transformation and comprehensive approaches to tackling deficits in governance.

  • The event, co-chaired by UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa, Mr. Maged Abdelaziz, and Professor Eddy Maloka, Chief Executive Officer of the Secretariat of the APRM, brought together over 75 senior representatives of African Member States, African regional and sub-regional organizations, development partners, United Nations system entities, academia, civil society and the private sector.

  • Thematic Session 3, co-chaired by H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and Mr. Maged Abdelaziz, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa, developed recommendations on how to promote social stability through creating inclusive and sustainable livelihoods, strengthening Africa’s resilience against natural disasters and climate change, and achieving good governance through institution-building.

  • The event featured remarks by several Heads of State and Government, including H.E. President Kenyatta of Kenya, H.E. President Keïta of Mali, and former Prime Minister of Egypt, H.E. Mr. Mahleb, and generated a lively interactive discussion with interventions from senior government officials, CEOs of Japanese and African companies and representatives of international and regional organizations, civil society and academia.

The Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI) Summit was held at Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi, Kenya on 27-28 August 2016. This was the first time ever a TICAD Summit was being held in Africa since its inception in 1993.

A key objective of TICAD was to mobilize support for Africa’s socio-economic development, peace and security, governance and human rights agendas. In this respect, TICAD underscored the spirit of “African ownership” and “international partnership” and was structured as a multilateral forum inclusive of a wide range of strategic partners and five co-organizers. The TICAD co-organizers included:

  • the Government of Japan,
  • the African Union Commission,
  • the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa,
  • the United Nations Development Programme, and
  • The World Bank.

The TICAD-VI Summit focused on the theme: “Advancing Africa’s Sustainable Development Agenda – TICAD Partnership for Prosperity.” This built on outstanding issues from the TICAD-V Yokohama Declaration and Action Plan, which addressed six critical areas, namely:

  1. Boosting economic growth,
  2. Accelerating infrastructure and capacity development,
  3. Empowering farms as mainstream economic actors,
  4. Promoting sustainable and resilient growth,
  5. Creating inclusive society for growth, and
  6. Consolidating peace, stability, democracy and good governance.

TICAD-VI also had three additional thematic focus areas reflecting new and emerging challenges and opportunities that have occurred since TICAD-V in 2013, as well as the priorities for Africa contained in both Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These thematic areas were:

  1. “Promoting structural economic transformation through economic diversification and industrialization,”
  2. “Promoting resilient health system for quality of life,” and
  3. “Promoting social stability for shared prosperity.”

Over 11,000 participants came to the Summit, including representatives of 53 African countries, as well as representatives of international and regional organizations, the private sector and civil society, among others.

The TICAD-VI Summit featured a number of preparatory meetings, including the Senior Officials’ Meeting and the Ministerial level pre-conference, as well as a variety of side events, symposia, business fora and exhibitions mounted by international and regional organizations, the private sector and other interests.

The Nairobi Declaration was adopted at TICAD-VI, as an outcome document, outlining new commitments made towards Africa’s development.

The Special Adviser on Africa at TICAD-VI

As a co-organizer of TICAD, the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) was actively engaged in both the preparatory process and substantive organization of TICAD-VI. At the TICAD-VI Summit, OSAA co-organized one of the thematic sessions on "Promoting social stability for shared prosperity", and convened a high-level side event on "TICAD support for democratic governance in Africa through effective implementation of Agenda 2063 and Yokohama and Nairobi Declarations" on the margin of the TICAD-VI, among others.

Thematic Session

The objective of the session was to discuss concrete ways to utilize the TICAD platform to promote and support social stability in Africa, including through the three pillars of:

  • creating inclusive and sustainable livelihoods,
  • addressing climate change for shared prosperity, and
  • sustaining peace through reinforcing good governance with strong institutions.

The session also provided participants, including senior private sector representatives from Africa and Japan, with an opportunity to share their perspectives and highlight past and future contributions to increasing social stability in Africa.

The Thematic Session took place on Saturday, 27 August 2016, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, in the Aberdares Hall, Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.

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High-level Side Event

This High-level Side Event on "TICAD support for democratic governance in Africa through effective implementation of Agenda 2063 and Yokohama and Nairobi Declarations" was organized to provide a platform for TICAD-VI participants to discuss concrete ways in which TICAD could further enhance support for the promotion of democratic governance in Africa, consistent with priorities outlined in Agenda 2063 and its First Ten-Year Implementation Plan. The Event highlighted Africa’s own efforts, challenges, opportunities and initiatives in promoting democratic governance particularly through the African Governance Architecture (AGA) and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). It also showcases and generated support among TICAD partners for Africa’s efforts in monitoring good governance in Africa through the proposed APRM Index and the African Human Security Index.

The High-level Side Event took place on Friday, 26 August 2016, from 9:00am to 11:00am (local time), in the Aberdares Hall, Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.

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