At the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held in Yokohama in 2013, the Japanese Government stated its policy on strengthening support for the on-going dynamic growth of Africa with stronger public-private partnerships.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo ABE announced the ABE Initiative (African Business Education Initiative for Youth), a strategic five-year plan providing 1,000 youths in Africa with opportunities to study at Japanese universities as well as to intern at Japanese enterprises aimed at fostering sustainable and sound industrial development in Africa.
This Program offers scholarships for youth to study master's courses in Japanese universities in English as well as internship opportunities during their stay in Japan.
Upon signing of the contract with JICA, participants in this Programme will be entitled to receive during his/her study in Japan;
As per the Program objective, which aims at fostering excellent personnel who can contribute to Africa's development in collaboration with Japanese private sector, we are looking for prominent young South African nationals from who are or will be involved in industrial development related activities in both public and private sectors and have strong motivation to strengthen economic ties between South Africa and Japan.