Japan, African ministers agree to address continent’s ‘vulnerabilities’ at TICAD


(EBC; OCTOBER 9, 2018)  - Ministers from Japan and African countries agreed LAST Sunday that they urgently need to take policy actions to address the continent’s “vulnerabilities” and achieve its sustainable economic growth.


Representatives from 52 African nations held a two-day ministerial meeting at Tokyo identified challenges, ranging from building infrastructure and better utilizing human resources, particularly young people, to beefing up maritime security and boosting resilience against climate change.


As demand for infrastructure building has been on the rise across Africa, proper debt management for such projects has been increasingly seen as necessary.


Enhancing connectivity through quality infrastructure is important for Africa to engage in global trade and seek growth led by the continent, according to a co-chairs’ summary released after the meeting.


The delegates also called for digital, institutional and people-to-people connectivity, as all of the domains are “central” to Africa’s development, the summary said.