Africa - Japan : Japan reiterates its commitment to support Africa in its development
The 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) has completed its work today at the sumptuous Conference Center of the port city of Yokohama, Japan. In front of 42 countries present and more than 10 thousand participants, Japan, world superpower, reiterated its firm commitment to accompany Africa in its development. (Source ADI)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who co-chaired the meeting with Egyptian President and current President of the African Union Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, promised that Africa - a continent of the future - will not be forgotten.
The Heads of State and Government and the Delegations of Japan as well as the Member States of the African Union and other representatives of international and regional organizations signed on Friday a joint declaration called the "Yokohama Declaration 2019".
In this declaration, Japan, Africa and partners agreed that "TICAD must align with the African vision as clearly expressed in the African Union Agenda 2063 and its First Ten-Year Plan. of implementation as well as the global commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG) ".
During the discussions, parties discussed, among other things, global warming, loss of biodiversity, irregular migration, epidemics and natural disasters. Inviting nations to create decent jobs for young people and women while taking into account the fact that technological advances are transforming the world of work.
The declaration also mentioned multilateralism and international legitimacy.
"We recall that the reform of the Security Council must be examined in a comprehensive, transparent and balanced manner, addressing the five key issues, in particular the question of the right of veto.
This should receive the broadest possible support of member states through intergovernmental negotiations that are fully supported and led by member states, as stipulated in UN General Assembly Decision 62/557.
We recognize the historic injustice of Africa with regard to its representation on the Security Council, and support the full representation of Africa in the Security Council, through at least two permanent seats with all the prerogatives and privileges of the permanent members, including the right of veto, and five non-permanent seats, in accordance with the African Common Position enshrined in the consensus in the Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration, mentions the statement.
The summit, which ended on a new turning point during the work, focused on accelerating economic transformation and improving the business environment through innovation and private sector participation.
The consolidation of a sustainable and resilient society was widely discussed at TICAD7.
As well as strengthening peace and stability.
Japan, which is stigmatizing the massive indebtedness of African countries, has invested more than $ 20 billion in development in Africa in the past three years and promised to increase aid in the coming years.