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Abe arrives in Kenya to attend Japan-led African development confab

  • August 26, 2016
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NAIROBI (Kyodo) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Kenya on Thursday to attend a Japan-led African development conference at the weekend, where he is expected to reiterate Tokyo’s commitment to helping the development of the continent.


“I would like to contribute to Africa’s development through (Japan’s) high-quality technologies and training of human resources,” Abe told reporters at Tokyo’s Haneda airport before his departure.

Abe will participate in the sixth round of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Nairobi on Saturday and Sunday. The TICAD summit, which gathers African leaders and other delegates, will be held outside Japan for the first time.


Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will accompany Abe, who will be the first sitting prime minister to visit Kenya in around 15 years.


At the summit, Japanese and African leaders are expected to adopt the Nairobi Declaration, likely focusing on tackling the threat of terrorism through such means as enhanced education on the continent.


During the stay, Abe is slated to meet with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. A signing ceremony for a bilateral investment treaty will also be held to underline stronger economic ties between the two countries, Japanese officials said.


Abe will also meet with the leaders of Guinea and other African countries on the sidelines. He is scheduled to return to Japan on Tuesday.

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