Panafrican News Agency

Nigeria: Buhari heads to Nairobi for TICAD-VI summit on African development

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the two-day Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI) in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27-28 August, the office of the Presidency said Thursday.

Co-organised by the Government of Japan, the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, the United Nations Development Programme, the African Union and the World Bank, the summit will focus on promoting structural economic transformation through diversification and industrialisation; promoting resilient health system for quality life and promoting social stability for shared prosperity in Africa.

According to presidential spokesman Femi Adesina, President Buhari will, during the conference, participate in plenary sessions on TICAD in alignment with African Development, the Dialogue with the Private Sector as well as the Global Launch of the Second Africa Human Development Report.

The President will also hold a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

At least 35 African leaders are expected at the summit which will also be attended by leading private sector companies from Japan. It is the first time TICAD is being held in Africa since its inception in 1993.

Nigeria has played a prominent role at the forum aimed at forging international partnerships for Africa’s transformation and prosperity through economic growth, agriculture and social stability.
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