Kishida eyes greater role for Japan in Africa

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio plans to give a bigger boost to growth in Africa at a Tokyo-led international conference later this month.

Kishida will attend the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD, on August 27-28 in Tunisia. Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa will also attend.

The prime minister‘s plans appear to be aimed at China. Beijing has in recent years increased its influence in Africa.

Kishida is likely to announce a public and private sector investment campaign to promote renewable energy.

Japan should also provide official development assistance to promote human resource development in agriculture and other industries. Support to solve health problems such as infectious diseases will also be provided.

Conference participants are likely to discuss ways to strengthen Africa’s agricultural capacity in the context of the global food crisis.

Other topics are expected to include ways to improve cooperation in the health sector and measures against the coronavirus.

Delegates will likely end the conference with a statement.

Kishida will then travel to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. He is expected to call for an increase in crude oil production to help curb soaring energy prices.