Buhari to Attend Tokyo Conference on Africa in Kenya

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Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in Nairobi, Kenya, from August 27-28, 2016.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said in a statement that the summit would be jointly 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.

According to him, the conference would focus on promoting structural economic transformation through diversification and industrialisation; promoting resilient health system for quality life and promoting social stability for shared prosperity.

Adesina said that during the conference, Buhari would 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.

He said the president would also hold a bilateral meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.

He said no fewer than 35 African leaders were expected at the two-day high level summit which will also be attended by leading private sector companies from Japan.

This will be 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.