Tunisia ready to host TICAD 8 Summit late next month – Prime Minister
Tunisia’s Prime Minister Najla Bouden Wednesday said the North African country will host on 27-28 August the 8th Summit of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) that will focus on setting out a pathway for the development of the continent in the post-COVID-19 era.
Bouden, who made the announcement at a press conference, said over 300 Chief Executive Officers of companies from Japan and Africa are expected at the event taking place for the second time on the African continent after Kenya in 2016.
The gathering will revolve around three axes, namely sustainable and global development, the reduction of economic disparities, and finally the construction of stable societies on the African continent.
“Perhaps the most important lessons we have learned from the Covid-19 experience is that development is not an end in itself, but that the human being is the essence of development and that protectionist policies cannot crystallize collective solutions. Only international solidarity is capable of leading us towards broader horizons that welcome everyone and give us the reasons and conditions for a better reconstruction,” the Tunisian Premier said.
The Government of Japan has been leading the TICAD since 1993, co-hosted by the United Nations, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC).