Panafrican News Agency

Kenya: Maputo TICAD forum to discuss progress made since Nairobi Summit

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Mozambican capital, Maputo, will host a two-day Ministerial Meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) from 24 August to discuss the state and prospect of the continent’s development, including achievements and opportunities, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said Tuesday.

Co-organized by the Government of Japan, the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa, UNDP, the African Union Commission and the World Bank, the 12th Ministerial Meeting under the TICAD process takes place a year after the landmark 2016 TICAD VI Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.

The summit's Declaration and the Nairobi Implementation Plan adopted on 29 August 2016, outlined actions to be taken by Africa and its partners to accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

Building on the forum’s twin principle of African ownership and international cooperation, TICAD stakeholders will also discuss risks and challenges in realizing the outcomes of TICAD VI, and ensure that the Nairobi Implementation Plan keeps Africa on a firm path to achieving sustainable inclusive growth.

According to UNDP, highlights of the gathering will include presentation of the TICAD VI Progress Reports by the co-organizers, as well as two plenary sessions on the Economic Transformation for Africa’s Growth and Promoting Human Security and Resilient Society.

Also, on Thursday UNDP will unveil the findings of a groundbreaking study on income inequality trends in sub-Saharan Africa.

The next day, a UNDP-led panel will discuss approaches to reversing the growing threat of violent extremism on the continent.

The two side events are a prelude to the upcoming New York presentation of 'Journey To Extremism In Africa - Drivers, Incentives and The Tipping Point For Recruitment', an investigative study on the lure of violent extremism and its recruitment dynamics, on 7 September.

Expected participants include President Felipe Jacinto Nyusi of Mozambique, Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono, and Oldemiro Júlio Marques Baloi, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique

Others are Makalé Camara, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Guinea; Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa; and David Mehdi Hamam, United Nations Special Adviser for Africa.

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