Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, Wednesday in Yokohama, assured President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders that Japan would do its best to support enterprises aimed at transforming the future of Africa through remarkable technological development.
Abe made this pledge while declaring open the seventh Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development (TICAD7) in Yokohama city. TICAD is a triennial event meant to serve as the platform for Japanese – African economic cooperation.
According to Abe, Japan’s engagement with some African countries, including Nigeria, will focus among others, on infrastructure development, including road and rail construction as well as outstanding investment in the health sectors of African countries.
Abe also disclosed that against the background of Japan’s interest in the health and well-being of Africans, the country would launch an African health initiative come 2020, with the active cooperation of several African countries.
He also disclosed, against the background of Japan’s interest in African development, that his country would dispatch its professionals in various fields to the continent of Africa “to spend much time with you… and make meaningful contributions to your economic initiative.”
The prime minister also said Japan had conceived a new deal with Africa, which he said would entail the renowned Asian country working with the African Union (AU) for conflict prevention as well as the promotion of a stable and secured legislative system.
According to him, the pursuit of conflict prevention in Africa will involve the engagement of 677 Japanese police officers and some judges, whose pre-occupation, he said, would be crime prevention.
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