Japan’s JICA will work to help “late-coming countries” post-Covid-19

By Jaysim Hanspal
Posted on Friday, 6 May 2022 15:26, updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2022 10:25

Leaders attend the JICA High Level Panel in Kenya's capital Nairobi
(L-R) Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Shinichi Kitaoka, Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, Liberia's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina and economist Joseph Eugene Stiglitz at Colombia University attend the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) High Level Panel as part of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in Kenya's capital Nairobi, August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Amidst growing competition for African resources, Japan is touting its role as a consistent partner in African infrastructure for 50 years. Diplomacy and aid are also high on Tokyo's agenda, with the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8) to be held in Tunisia on 27 and 28 August 2022, the second time the conference will be held on the continent. 

TICAD’s goals include advancing Tokyo’s interests in Africa and focusing on humanitarian concerns, something which will be prioritised post-pandemic.

Following former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s keen interest in providing a pledged $60bn in financial support, Japan will continue to fund infrastructure and social projects across the continent.