President Dr. George Manneh Weah on Saturday, August 24, 2019 departed the country to attend the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) in Yokohama, Japan, following an invitation from the Japanese Government. This year’s TICAD7 Summit has been scheduled for 28th – 30th August 2019 and the theme for the Summit is: “Advancing Africa’s development through people, technology and innovation”.
The Tokyo International Conference on African Development is a summit-level international conference focusing on development in Africa (TICAD). It was created in 1993 by the Government of Japan to promote policy dialogue between leaders of African countries and development partners on pressing issues facing Africa, such as economic development, poverty, and conflict.
Since its inception, TICAD has evolved into a significant global framework to facilitate the implementation of measures for promoting African development under the principles of African “ownership” and international “partnership”. The Summit is co-organized by the Government of Japan, the United Nations (UN), the World Bank (WB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the African Union Commission (AUC).
President Weah, who is expected to be away for about a week, is joining 46 other African leaders also invited to participate in the 7th Edition of the Development Conference which began in 1993 to specifically foster economic cooperation between African countries and Japan, Asia’s 2nd economic powerhouse.
On the margins, President Weah is expected to hold bilateral discussions with Japanese officials and other African leaders at the conference.
While the President is away, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Office Staff, Hon. Nathaniel Farlo McGill will act as chair of the cabinet in consultation with the Vice President via telephone contacts with the President.