This morning, The Royal African Society (RAS) hosted a business breakfast entitled “Japan & Africa: A new kind of relationship?”, in association with the Government of Japan. The event was a pre-cursor to the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 27-28 August – the first ever TICAD summit to be held in Africa.
Today’s event moderated by our director Richard Dowden, featured renowned practitioners and academics in the field of international development, discussing the future of Japan-Africa relations; Professor Akihiko Tanaka, University of Tokyo and former President of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), Charles O. Boamah, CFO and Vice President of the African Development Bank & Dr. Kweku Ampiah, Associate Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Leeds.
The discussion highlighted the role of Japan in African developmental priorities such as improving human capacity, developing infrastructure and tackling energy deficit, and encouraging private sector engagement.
This event took place as part of the RAS Business Programme for corporate members. To find out more about joining click here.