Japan to host African development conference in Yokohama next year

The Japanese government has decided to host the next Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD, in the city of Yokohama in August next year.

The Tokyo-led conference on development and support for Africa is held once every three years. Japan is to host the ninth conference in 2025.

The government approved at a Cabinet meeting on Friday a plan to hold the TICAD conference in the city near Tokyo, for three days from August 20 through 22.

It will be Yokohama's fourth time as the conference's venue.

In the TICAD conference held in Tunisia in 2022, the Japanese government said Japan is "a partner growing together with Africa," hammering out public- and private-sector investment and personnel training for the region.

Participants in next year's conference are expected to discuss support for African countries that is based on each of their needs.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hayashi Yoshimasa told reporters after the Cabinet meeting that the conference will provide an opportunity to further strengthen cooperation between Japan and Africa.

He expressed hope that participants will discuss solutions to various challenges facing the international community while confirming shared values such as the rule of law and human dignity.