Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (31 August 2022)
The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) that took place on August 27 and 28, 2022 in Tunisia concluded with Japan’s pledge of $30 billion in aid for development in Africa. According to Reuters, the country wants to work more closely with the continent, with the rules-based international order under threat after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Addressing a Japan-Africa summit in Tunisia, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reportedly said Tokyo would work to ensure grain shipments to Africa amid a global shortage. Kishida said the $30 billion would be delivered over three years, promising smaller sums for food security in coordination with the African Development Bank. Furthermore, Prime Minister Kishida stated that Japan would invest $8.3 million in the troubled but gold-rich Liptako-Gourma tri-borders area between Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso, which has been ravaged by extremist attacks in recent years.
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