Tokyo, 9 December 2021 (TDI): Japan participated in the 7th Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa. SUZUKI Takako, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan delivered a video message at the opening ceremony.

Theme of 7th Dakar International Forum

The theme of the Forum this year was “Challenges of Stability and Emergence facing Africa in a post-COVID-19 world”. State Minister SUZUKI expressed the continuous support of Japan for Africa, whilst addressing through the video message.

Japan is contributing to the peace and stability of the African region via the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). She further reiterated that Japan will continue to support the initiatives taken by Africa to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

TICAD symbolizes Japan’s relationship with Africa. It was established in 1993. The organization serves to promote high-level policy dialogue between African representatives as well as other development partners.

Besides, it is led by Japan and co-organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations, the African Union Commission (AUC), and the World Bank.

The 7th edition of the Dakar Peace and Security Forum lasted for days. It started on 6th December and was hosted by Senegal. The forum focused on the impact of Covid-19 across the continent as well as terrorism, climate change, and cyber security. It has been held under the patronage of Senegalese President, Macky Sall since 2014.

Japan and African ties

Japan and African ties are based on two major approaches; quality growth which is comprised of inclusiveness, resilience, and sustainability, and human security which includes capacity building with focusing on each African individual.

Moreover, the two have a unique and mutually beneficial relationship spanning several decades. Although Japan has been a subtle partner of Africa, the partnership has been fruitful. Over the years the two have had a collaborative mechanism for the development in Africa.