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Tunis to host TICAD8 in 2022 most important event organised in Tunisia since independence

Tunisia had, at the end of the works of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union held on February 9-10 in Addis-Ababa, got the honour to host the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8)

This summit, to be hosted by Tunisia in 2022, according to a Foreign Ministry press release, will be "the largest international meeting organised by Tunisia since independence, given the scale of participation in this important event, in which some 50 African heads of State and government are expected to take part, in addition to the Japanese Prime Minister, members of his government, a significant number of heads of international organisations, more than 11,000 participants from Japanese and African public and private institutions, experts, academics and representatives of international financial institutions."

The TICAD is a governmental initiative made by Japan on development in Africa, which was launched for the 1st time in 1993. It includes 5 major parties called “TICAD co-organisers,” namely the Government of Japan, the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank (WB).

The TICAD seeks to promote political dialogue between Africa and its partners and to provide assistance to all African development initiatives.

Works of the conference and parallel meetings, to be held on the fringes of the conference, will focus on the development of partnerships with African countries in light of the economic changes, the improvement of the business climate by encouraging private investment and innovation and stepping up security, stability and peace.

Japan had hosted six TICAD conferences and Tunisia will be the 2nd African country to host this international event outside of Japan, following the TICAD6 hosted by Nairobi (Kenya) in 2016.


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