AUDA-NEPAD / JICA Side Event: TICAD’s achievement in 30 years and the Prospects for Africa’s Development


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  • Date: Friday 16th February, 2024
  • Time: 10:00am – 12:00 pm (EAT) / 16:00-18:00 (JST)
  • Format: Hybrid (In-Person / Online)
  • Venue: KAIZEN Excellence Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    (TICAD Human Resource Development Center for Business and Industry)
  • Participation Fee: Free
  • Language: English (Simultaneous interpretation in French is available.)
  • Organizers: the AUDA-NEPAD and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)



Program Featured Speakers
(1) Remarks - Mr. Steve Patrick Lalande, Director, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization, AUC
- H.E. Fukazawa Yoichi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
(2) Official Opening Remarks - H.E. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, CEO of AUDA-NEPAD
(3) Purpose of Gathering - Mr. Snowden Mmadi, AUDA-NEPAD
(4) Keynote Speech / Presentation - Mr. Toshiyuki Nakamura, Special Advisor to the President, JICA
(5) Panel Discussion [Moderator]
- Dr. Gideon Nimako, Senior Programme Officer Data Scientist, AUDA-NEPAD

- Dr. Msingathi Sipuka, Chief of Staff, AUDA-NEPAD
- Mr. Amine Idriss Adoum, Director of Infrastructure, Connectivity and Industrialization
- Mr. Shigeki Komatsubara, Resident Representative, UNDP Tanzania
- Ms. Selamawit Solomon, Deputy Managing Director of Kaizen Excellency Center on Institutional Networking, Standardization and Quality Assurance (in Ethiopia)
- Mr.Toshiyuki Nakamura, Special Advisor to the President, JICA
(6) Closing Remarks - H.E. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, CEO of AUDA-NEPAD


African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are jointly taking the 30th anniversary of the TICAD as an opportunity to validate the significance and results of the TICAD process in African development and the development impacts of the major initiatives of AUDA-NEPAD and JICA, and to identify major challenges and directions for future African development in preparation for TICAD9 scheduled to be held in 2025 at Yokohama, Japan.

The TICAD 30-year review survey is an AUDA-NEPAD and JICA joint initiative in collaboration with the AUC. As the first phase of the survey comes to a close in March, AUDA-NEPAD and JICA are organising a side event as a margin of AU Summit 2024 to disseminate tentative outcomes of the first phase to African leaders, TICAD partners and a broad audience to receive comments and suggestions in preparation for the second phase, which aims to broaden the scope for a holistic assessment.


  • Sharing tentative outcomes of the first phase of the AUDA-NEPAD and JICA joint TICAD 30-year review survey with African leaders, TICAD partners and a broad audience.
  • Receiving comments and suggestions from Panelists and audience on tentative outcomes of the first phase review.
  • Delivering messages to facilitate discussion among TICAD co-organizers on Africa’s development agenda toward TICAD9 and Agenda 2063 during the TICAD9 preparatory process, which is expected to start early this year - 2024.

What is TICAD?

Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) is an international conference on the theme of development in Africa. The first conference (TICAD I) was held in 1993 under the leadership of the Japanese government. Since then, TICAD has been organised in collaboration with the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the World Bank. The conference has occurred eight times since its first gathering in 1993.

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