Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to head for Kenya to attend the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD. He hopes to expand the country’s infrastructure investment in Africa and seek closer cooperation on counter-terrorism measures.
Abe will leave Tokyo 2 days before the 6th TICAD opens in Nairobi on Saturday. This is the first TICAD conference to be held in Africa. Japan hosted all of the previous conferences where aid to Africa was discussed with leaders from the continent.
This time, the leaders are expected to discuss an expansion of high-quality infrastructure investment in Africa, such as geothermal power generation utilizing Japanese technology.
Also likely to be on the agenda are prevention of terrorist acts by Islamic extremists and enhancement of health care systems to contain infectious diseases, such as Ebola.
The leaders are to adopt the Nairobi Declaration after wrapping up their discussion on Sunday.
Abe will take with him representatives of about 80 companies, universities, and other organizations in Japan. They plan to stress that Japan’s support will lead to long-term training of human resources.
China has been increasing its presence in Africa through large infrastructure projects.