|Japan pledges $30 billion in aid for Africa's development|
The aid, which will focus on developing human resources to drive economic growth, will be announced at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Japan will pledge about $30 billion in aid for African development at a conference to be held in Tunisia this weekend. The news was reported by Japanese media or the daily Sankei Shimbun which was reported on Friday, (26/08).
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will take part in the online conference as he recovers from COVID-19, the Sankei Shimbun daily added. Reuters said the government was not immediately available for comment on the report.
Other topics will include food security for Africa after Russia's invasion of Ukraine as well as climate change and the promotion of green business. This information is as stated by an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, last Wednesday (24/08).
The eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development or TICAD is the first since 2019 and only the second to be held in Africa. The Tokyo International Conference was held together with other world organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank and the African Union Commission. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi has been rumored to be attending the conference and also later Yoshimasa Hayashi will meet his Tunisian counterpart on Friday ahead of the main conference.