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Japan to organize TICAD VII 2019 in Yokohama

Japan has announced that it will organize the Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD) VII 2019 in Yokohama, Japan. The dates of the conference will be fixed after consulting with African nations.

Held every three years, a key aim of TICAD is to mobilize support for Africa’s socio-economic development, peace and security, governance, and human rights agendas. The TICAD VI Summit was held in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2016, under the theme of 'Advancing Africa’s Sustainable Development Agenda – TICAD Partnership for Prosperity.' 

Press release - Prime Minister of Japan

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Japan’s SDG Promotion Headquarters launches ‘SDG Award’ for private sector

During the third meeting of Japan’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Promotion Headquarters, Prime Minister Abe announced that Japan’s government will launch an ‘SDG Award’ for private corporations and organizations who demonstrate pioneering efforts towards meeting the SDGs. Japan intends to leverage the award to encourage private sector involvement in the SDGs, with its current political strategy seeking to promote their implementation over the course of this year. 

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Japan

Progress towards TICAD declarations shared with Joint Monitoring Committee of the TICAD Process

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a Joint Monitoring Committee of the Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD) Process. Relevant ministries, TICAD co-organizers such as the UNDP and the World Bank, and other African organizations shared their progress towards past TICAD declarations, including the Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017 and TICAD VI Nairobi Implementation Plan.

The TICAD monitoring mechanism was established at the TICAD IV in 2008 in order to track the progress of TICAD commitments. The results of the Joint Monitoring Committee will be published in the TICAD Progress Report 2017 and submitted to the TICAD Ministerial Meeting in August 2017. 

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

Japan

Japan's foreign ministry gives US$29 million grant to DRC

As part of its commitment made at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥2.99 billion yen (US$29 million) grant to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The funding will be used to provide: 1) equipment for water purification and solar lanterns, 2) food, and 3) research equipment at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) in order to accelerate comprehensive economic and social development in the country.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan

Japan's MOFA launches new human-development initiative in Asian developing countries

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has started a new human development initiative called 'Innovative Asia' for the current fiscal year (FY; April 2017 through March 2018). Innovative Asia provides opportunities for university students from Asian developing counties who major in math and science to study at Japanese graduate schools, or do internships either in Japan or at Japanese companies in their home countries.

The initiative is planned for 1,000 students between 2017 and 2021, and aims to support the social and economic development of participating countries. Target countries in FY2017 are India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Lao PDR. Students from Singapore and Brunei will also be eligible for the internship program.

Press Release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan

Japan gives US$327 million loan to the African Development Bank

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it will give an US$327 million (34.4 billion yen) loan to the African Development Bank (AfDB) as part of the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance (EPSA) for Africa initiative started at the G8 Gleneagles Summit in 2005. Japan has so far supported African governments through 21 projects with US$1.5 billion (159.5 billion yen) and provided US$1.2 billion (128.1 billion yen) in loans to the AfDB. This is the seventh loan to AfDB and will be utilized to support private sector investments.

Website - Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release (in Japanese)

Japan

Japan gives US$38 million grant to Zambia as part of Tokyo Conference commitment

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it will provide a US$38 million (3.98 billion yen) grant to the government of Zambia as part of its commitment made at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). This grant will support three health centers in Lusaka and strengthen health care services in the country to achieve universal health care.

Website - Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release (in Japanese)

Japan

Japan's foreign ministry receives recommendations on technology diplomacy

Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida, received four recommendations on how to leverage science, technology, and innovation (STI) for the sustainable development goals (SDGs) from the Advisory Board for the Promotion of Science & Technology Diplomacy on May 12, 2017. The recommendations include 1) creating innovation with developing countries, 2) working with big data, 3) employing multi-sectoral approaches, and 4) fostering human development, particularly in sciences. Minister Kishida hopes to lead a discussion based on these recommendations at the High-Level Political Forum on SDGs in July in New York.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Recommendation for the Future STI as a Bridging Force to Provide Solutions for Global Issues Four Actions of Science and Technology Diplomacy to Implement the SDGs - MOFA 

High-level political forum 2017 - Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

Japan

Japan’s ministry of finance pledges US$40 million to ADB’s new trust fund for infrastructure development

Japan’s Finance Minister, Mr. Taro Aso, pledged US$40 million to Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) new trust fund for infrastructure development at the ADB 50th annual meeting from May 4-7, 2017. According to the ADB, US$26 trillion will be necessary to improve and develop infrastructure in Asian developing countries by 2032. Japan's pledge will be used to fill this funding gap over the next two years.

News article - Sankei News (in Japanese)

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