TICAD Opens In Yokohama

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By Hector Simfukwe-The 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) has officially opened in the Japanese city of Yokohama.

President Edgar Lungu is among the African Heads of state and world leaders who are attending the conference.

Speaking during the official opening, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country will help Africa achieve its development agenda.

He said Japan will work with Africa in the utilization of science and mathematics in order to speed up development on the African continent.

Mr. Abe notes that teaching of science and Mathematics to children at a tender age has helped the transformation of his country.

He said it is in this vein that his government will support all Japanese firms operating in Africa because they do not only help in job creation, but skills transfer as well.

On health Mr. Abe said there is need for Africa to holistically treat diseases that are affecting the people.

He said this can be done through the use of modern infrastructure and construction of health facilities.

And speaking during TICAD Plenary Session President Lungu called for more Japanese investment in Zambia.

He told other heads of state that Zambia has embarked on the construction of key infrastructure projects such as roads and rail in order to encourage the private sector to invest in the country.

President Lungu informed the conference that Zambia has put measures in place that support the private sector to actively participate in the growth of the economy.

And earlier United Nations Secretary General Anotonio Guterres urged African countries to embrace the use of Science and Technology to solve some of its challenges.


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