Yokohama Declaration calls for strengthening sustainable development and peacebuilding in Africa


Participants in the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) emphasized their commitment to continue the partnership between Africa and TICAD partners to strengthen sustainable development and consolidate peace and security. stability in the continent.

In the "Yokohama Declaration" marking the work of the TICAD Summit, which ended on Friday, and which was attended by senior Japanese and African leaders, including Morocco, participants also highlighted the role strengthened partnership in the development of technologies and innovations in Africa.
"Given the concepts of sustainable development and human security, the implementation of TICAD should be guided by Africa's development dynamics and priorities," they insisted, stressing that TICAD must align itself on the African vision as clearly expressed in the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, as well as the global commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG).

The Yokohama Declaration also commended the efforts of the AU and its Member States to strengthen economic integration, notably through the recent entry into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area (CAFTA), which is likely to foster more inclusive and sustainable trade, less dependent on fluctuations in commodity prices.

The text also highlighted the importance of cooperation between Japan and Africa in many sectors, including infrastructure, private sector investment, technological innovation, particularly in the field of industry, more than reducing the impacts of climate change and disaster risk, as well as the development of human resources.

In this regard, participants praised Japan-Africa relations as mutually beneficial to both sides, particularly through Japan's Asian development experience and recent economic momentum. in Africa.

Furthermore, the declaration reiterated the importance of private sector development, digital transformation, and youth and women's entrepreneurship for the implementation of the priority areas of TICAD 7, welcoming, in this regard, the active participation of private companies from Japan and Africa in this summit. "The sustained participation of the private sector is an essential part of the TICAD process in the direction of progress".

Morocco was represented at this conference (28-30 August) by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Nasser Bourita, who led a delegation including the Minister Delegate for African Cooperation, Mr. Mohcine Jazouli, Morocco's Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Rachad Bouhlal, Ambassador-Director of Asian Affairs and Oceania at DFAIT, Mr. Abdelkader El Ansari, and the Ambassador-Director General of the Moroccan Agency of International Cooperation, Mr. Mohamed Methqal.

Under the theme "advancing Africa's development through people, technology and innovation", the summit, attended by more than 4,500 people, aims to conduct consultations and debates on theme of development of the African continent and other themes related to security and stability.

Launched by Japan in 1993, the TICAD Summit is an international conference on African development organized by the Japanese Government, jointly with the United Nations, the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Commission of the African Union and the World Bank.

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