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January 29, 2019

JICA seminar in Paris promotes public-private collaboration towards TICAD 7

Overview

Name of Meeting: JICA's activities in Africa and Japan-France collaboration towards TICAD7
Date: January 29, 2019
Sponsors: JICA France Office
Location: Paris, France

Moderators and panelists

Presenter: Mr. Ryuichi Kato, Director General, Africa Department of JICA
Participants: Japanese and French companies in Paris

Background and purpose of seminar

The Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) will be held on August 28-30, 2019 in Yokohama. JICA has been extending cooperation assistance to African countries for a long time, and is promoting various activities towards TICAD7. In the context of development in Africa, private investment and public-private collaboration are becoming more and more important.
Moreover, based on the "Japan-France Plan for Sustainable Development, Health and Security in Africa (Japan-France Plan for Africa)" agreed between the two governments in 2015, private sectors of both countries are increasingly participating in and collaborating for development in Africa.
For the purpose of further promoting public-private collaboration and Japan-France partnership for supporting socio-economic development in Africa, JICA organized a seminar in Paris, France with Mr. Ryuichi Kato, Director General of Africa Department as a presenter, who oversees JICA's operations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Result of seminar

Mr. Kato presented the overview of TICAD7 and JICA's operations in Africa with the aim to achieve the commitments made at the TICAD VI and to pursue Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Japan-France partnership.
Around 50 French and Japanese companies from various sectors joined the seminar, including trading, manufacturing, finance, communications, infrastructure and law firms.
Many questions were raised by French companies on information about future JICA projects, eligibility in the bidding process and types of assistance, demonstrating their strong interests in participating in JICA projects in Africa.
Japanese expressed their expectation towards the opportunity for exchanges between Japanese and French enterprises during the TICAD7 meeting, for further development of their collaboration.

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