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AfAfrique - Japon : L’Afrique est prête et décidée à élever le rythme Dans une importante allocution prononcée à l’ouverture de la 7ème édition de la Conférence International

29/08/2019
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In an important address at the opening of the 7th edition of the International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Yokohama, Japan, President Ismail Omar Guelleh praised the success and relevance of this meeting. high level established since 1993. We invites you to read below the speech of President Guelleh in its entirety. (Source ADI)

"The theme of this 7th edition," to promote Africa's development through human capital, technology and innovation ", can not be more appropriate and relevant for a 21st century Africa resolutely the search for solutions to the development challenge it has been facing for several decades, "said President Guelleh. "We dare to hope that within this framework, proposals for solutions will come from east and west, south and north, without any constraint or ideological barrier, to finally allow us to achieve this by making a qualitative leap. in the future, especially through the complete digitization of the continent, "continued the head of state.

"First of all, I would like to congratulate and thank the Japanese government for having established since 1993 this august meeting between Japan and Africa to promote not only cooperation between the country of the rising sun and our continent, but also to establish a dialogue high level policy among African leaders and their development partners around the world. The success and relevance of TICAD is well established.

I would also like to pay a well-deserved tribute to the African Union Commission, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank for contributing to the editions of this conference as it is today. one of the world's largest platforms for reflection and exchange on Africa's development. Allow me also to express my sincere thanks to the Government and the people of Japan for the warm welcome and for the remarkable hospitality my delegation and I have received since arriving in this beautiful country. the need for inclusive and sustainable development that Africa is seeking.

Africa has waited too long to permanently exit its populations from the economic slump and the throes of poverty. The theme of this 7th edition, "to promote the development of Africa through human capital, technology and innovation", could not be more appropriate and relevant for a resolutely 21st century looking for solutions to the development challenge it has faced for several decades. We dare to hope that within this framework, proposals for solutions will come from East and West, South and North, without any constraint or ideological barrier, to finally allow us to achieve this by making a qualitative leap in the future, particularly through the complete digitization of the continent. In this regard, we know that Japan has the solutions for the development of human capital, technology and innovation that can be used to advance our continent.

It has already begun to put this knowledge and know-how at the disposal of Africa for a long time. It will be necessary to move now to a higher and decisive speed, because Africa has only waited too long to permanently exit its populations from the economic slump and the throes of poverty. Japan will certainly be followed in this acceleration by all the development partners here together. Africa is ready and determined to raise the pace. Africa is today the largest emerging area of ​​the 21st century.

Indeed, according to the African Development Bank, confirmed by other bilateral and multilateral development institutions, Africa's economic prospects show a general and continuous improvement in the continent's economic performance. However, progress is still insufficient to reduce persistent budget and current account deficits and a debt that has become sometimes unsustainable. Countries need to accelerate their rate of growth and increase the effectiveness of this growth in creating decent jobs for a young and continuously growing population. The 2019 outlook for the African economy shows that macroeconomic and employment outcomes are better when industry leads growth.

However, the industry can only grow if it relies on quality human resources and is supported by technology and innovation. In any case, there is no longer any doubt that Africa is today the largest emerging area of ​​the 21st century. It has a huge potential market and abundant natural resources. In recent years, political conditions have improved, attracting foreign direct investment, expanding domestic consumption, introducing significant change and beginning dynamic growth. Africa is therefore more than ever open for business and ready to accelerate its development.

We have no doubt that all our partners are just as ready as we are. So let's all move together at the same higher pace towards this common goal. TICAD 7 offers us the opportunity. Let's make a fresh start for Africa's development. Djibouti offers one of the best business climates in the region and is also open for "Business" at a faster pace. With regard to my country Djibouti, the growth of our economy is estimated at 5.6% in 2018 in particular because of the massive investments in the infrastructure sector, in an environment marked by a very low rate of inflation. This means we offer one of the best business climates in the region and we are also open for "Business" at a faster pace.

 The large-scale port, road and rail infrastructures that we have and the construction of free zones testify to our desire for economic and strategic partnership. Thanks to our free zones, we hope to benefit from a new movement of relocation of jobs to Africa. But to succeed, our country will have to successfully train a skilled workforce and provide the technologies and a framework for innovation. I come back to the relevance of the theme of TICAD 7. We are opening the doors of the markets of our continent to investors around the world. And in our continent we are opening the way to the rest of the world.

That is why I hope that the exchanges and resolutions that will leave this beautiful city of Yokohama will allow us to benefit tomorrow, more than ever, from the experience and the transfer of technologies both in the framework of the northern cooperation. -south and south-south, so that we can begin the industrial takeoff of Djibouti. Because, it is now confirmed that macroeconomic and employment results are better when industry leads growth.

Today, we can proudly say that the Republic of Djibouti, located on one of the busiest sea lanes in the world, at the crossroads of trade between East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Asia and the Middle East. Europe, with good quality port and rail infrastructure, is in a prime position that only wants to benefit the world's trade and prosperity.

We are opening the doors of the markets of our continent to investors around the world. And in our continent we are opening the way to the rest of the world. Allow me to end by reiterating our gratitude to the Government and the people of Japan for this commendable initiative and for their hospitality, and expressing our best wishes for the success of TICAD. "

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