Japan Gives 30 Billion Dollars to Help African Countries


 The Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania Hon. Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa (Mb) monitoring the Eighth International Conference of Heads of State and Government on the Development of Japan and Africa (TICAD 8) which is ongoing in Tunis, Tunisia. Behind him is the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Hon. Ambassador Mbarouk Mbarouk (right) and Secretary General Ministry of Finance and Planning, Mr. Emmanuel Mpawe Tutuba (left

 

The Japanese government has announced that it will provide 30 billion US dollars over a period of three years (2022 - 2025) to countries on the African continent to enable them to implement development programs and projects that will bring about economic reforms in the continent.

 

The amount of money has been announced to be released by the Prime Minister of Japan Hon. Fumio Kishida during the 8th meeting of Heads of State and Government between Japan and African Countries regarding the Development of Japan and Africa (Tokyo International Conference on African Development - TICAD 8 Summit) held in Tunis, Tunisia on 27-28 August 2022.


The Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania Hon. Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa greeting the President of Tunisia Hon. Kais Saied was arriving at the Palais de Congres International Conference Hall in Tunis, Tunisia. 

 

Through the Meeting Hon. Fumio has assured African countries that the Japanese Government will continue to cooperate closely with them by contributing to development through various programs and projects.

 

Hon. Fumio has also assured those countries that the Government of Japan will continue to participate fully in dealing with the challenges that hinder Africa's efforts to get rid of itself economically. He has mentioned some of these challenges as such as disease outbreaks, changes in the country's behavior and food shortages.

 

Speaking about the amount of money delayed, Hon. Fumio has said that through the TICAD program, private sectors on both sides (Japan and Africa) have continued to flourish, so his government will continue to encourage Japanese companies to continue investing in Africa in various sectors including industrial construction, agriculture, health, electrical energy and technology.

 

Regarding the distribution of those funds Hon. Fumio said that with TICAD succeeding in many areas including the construction of road infrastructure, health and education, Japan in the next three years (2022/23-24/25) will also focus on important areas that touch people's daily lives.

He has mentioned these areas as green revolution, climate change, promoting investment, improving the living conditions of Africans, where the amount of 5 billion US dollars will be given to achieve the plan.

 

Other areas are Health and human resource development. In the health sector, Japan will contribute 1.08 billion US dollars to enable Africa to deal with AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Hon. Fumio added that in the next three years his Government expects to build the capacity of more than 300,000 people from the African continent in the industrial, health, education, law and administration sectors.


African Heads of State and Government, the Japanese Government Delegation, executives and representatives of various international organizations who participated in the TICAD8 meeting in a group photo. 

 

Speaking at the meeting, the Prime Minister of Tanzania Hon. Kassim Majaliwa who has represented the President of the United Republic of Tanzania Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan, has explained the importance of the African continent continuing to cooperate with the International Community in solving the challenges facing the continent in economic development.

 

Hon. Mjaliwa speaking about the effects caused by the effects of COVID-19 and the war between Russia and Ukraine, including the inflation of commodity prices, has given an opinion to the International Community to continue to cooperate with African countries in their efforts to become economically self-reliant, to ensure that they continue to provide quality and important services to its citizens and empower citizens in their activities that directly affect them such as developing agriculture and tourism.

 

And the President of Tunisia Hon. Kais Saied, who is also the co-Chairman of the TICAD 8 Conference, opening the conference, said that Japan is a true shareholder in the development of Africa because it has always been at the forefront of cooperating with Africa in finding a solution to the challenges facing the continent, and contributing to the development important sectors such as education, agriculture, technology, construction of transport and transportation infrastructure, climate change in parallel with providing loans with low interest and favorable terms.

 

The 8th TICAD meeting has been attended by more than 3000 participants from 55 countries on the African continent and various International Organizations, it has the slogan "Promoting Africa-led, African-owned sustainable development")

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