TICAD stands for the Tokyo International
Conference on African Development.
But it's more than a conference.
TICAD has become a major global framework
for Asia and Africa to collaborate in promoting Africa's
The first Tokyo Conference was held in 1993
and ushered in a continuing process of support for
Africa and consensus-building around African development
priorities. That process was bolstered with a second
Tokyo conference in 1998.
The third Tokyo Conference (TICAD III) is
being held 29 September - 1 October 2003 and marks
TICAD's tenth anniversary. This landmark session is
aimed at ensuring that regional priorities are fully
addressed in harmony with the approach of Africa's
own new platform for recovery — NEPAD (the New Partnership
for Africa's Development).
Emphasis is also being placed upon achievement
of the Millennium Development Goals, opportunities
for Asian-African co-operation, the need to address
damaging conflicts and consolidate peace and good
governance in Africa, the full involvement of the
private sector and civil society, and other vital
issues for the continent's future.
The road to Tokyo 2003 has been marked by
wide-ranging consultations throughout Africa. Regional
workshops were held in Pretoria, South Africa, for
southern Africa (22-23 May 2003), in Nairobi, Kenya,
for eastern and northern Africa (5-6 June 2003 ) and
in Yaounde, Cameroon, for western and central Africa
(23-24 June 2003 ). The workshops developed fresh
focuses on each region's needs and priorities, to
feed into the final Conference in Tokyo.
TICAD enjoys the joint support of co-organizers
—the Government of Japan, the United Nations, the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global
Coalition for Africa (GCA) and the World Bank. Its
broad range of stakeholders includes all 53 African
countries, and Africa's development partners including
Asian countries, donor countries, international agencies,
and civil society organizations.
Striking results have already flowed from
the Asian-African co-operation that TICAD has spearheaded.
These include a new variety of rice for Africa (NERICA)
and trans-continental business forums which have generated
substantial commercial prospects.