A statement issued by the Ethiopian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan has hinted that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will attend the upcoming Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) that will be held in Yokohama City from August 28- 30. The Embassy is calling on Ethiopians living in Japan to attend an event organized to receive the Prime Minister during his arrival to Tokyo on August 27.
In July, Japanese officials were not sure the Ethiopian Prime Minister will be able to attend the seventh edition of the Conference which aims to achieve economic transformation and improvements in business environment through private investment and innovation. It also aims to find ways for the promotion of resilient and sustainable society for human security and for peace and stability.
A letter of invitation sent by Japan’s leader Shinzo Abe was submitted to Prime Minister Abiy through Japan’s Foreign Minister, Kono Taro.
Shigeru Ushio, Director General of African Affairs Department and Secretary- General for TICAD 7, told reporters in Tokyo early in July that African countries will continue to benefit from collaborations between Japan and Africa, and that new announcements will be made in the upcoming conference.
“But in the case of your country (Ethiopia), the debt rate issue is becoming crucial to us. Unlike other countries in Africa, the debt that Ethiopia owes to external lenders is becoming worrisome. But still we hope to make some discussions on the way forward,” Shigeru said.
Organizers of the Conference told our reporter Elias Meseret that the Ethiopian leader is expected to chair at least one business forum that will be held on the sidelines of the Conference.
The Conference has been hosted by Japan since 1993. It is also co-hosted by the United Nations, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC).
Written for Ethio Newsflash by Elias Meseret