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Tuesday, 29th August 2017
Hon. Sam Kutesa being briefed by Dr. Levy Madueke (leaning forward) Afrcan Union Director for Multilateral cooperation.
The Tokyo International Cooperation for African Development (TICAD) held its Ministerial Follow-up Meeting in Maputo, Mozambique on 24th and 25th August 2017. The meeting was convened to review the progress of the TICAD Process since TICAD VI which was held in Nairobi in August 2016; and considered progress reports from the various African countries implementing the Yokohama Action Plan and the Nairobi Declaration. TICAD was launched in 1993 as a partnership between Africa and Japan through which international support for Africa's development is mobilised coordinated.
The Maputo TICAD VI Follow-up meeting was co-organised by the African Union (AU), Japan, United Nations Special Adviser on Africa (UNOSAA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank - and was hosted by Mozambique on behalf of the African continent. It was attended by 51 African Member States including Uganda whose delegation was headed by Hon. Sam K. Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Other members of Uganda's delegation included Amb. Patrick Mugoya - Permanent Secretary , Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA); Amb. Betty Akech Okullo - Uganda's Ambassador to Japan,  Mr. Aryabaha Evans - Counsellor, Uganda Embassy  Addis Ababa and Mrs. Bernadette Sempa from MoFA, Kampala.
The meeting was officially opened by the President of Mozambique¬¬¬, H.E. Mr. Fillipe Nyusi at Joachim Chissano International Conference Centre in Maputo, who wished participants fruitful deliberations. Uganda, in its capacity as the 1sst Vice Chair of the African Union Bureau - represented by Hon. Sam Kutesa - co-chaired the Maputo TICAD Ministerial Meeting. Other Co-Chairs were Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs  H.E. Mr. Taro Kono; African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Mr. Thomas Kwesi Quartey; UN Special Advisor on Africa and Acting UN Under Secretary General, Mr. David Herman; UNDP Regional Director for Africa, Mr. Abdoulaye  Mar Diaye;  and World Bank Country Director for Mozambique, Mr. Mark Lundell.
The meeting was held in three sessions. Session One considered the Overview of the TICAD Progress since TICAD VI. The session focused on Africa's economic structural transformation, enhanced resiliencies, peace and stability  in line with the African Union Agenda 2063 and the United Nations Development Agenda 2030 of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants noted the continued relevance of TICAD, the importance of economic diversification, and the role of favourable government policies and the private sector partnerships in development. They also underscored the progress registered by TICAD since its inception in 1993, the need to uphold inclusiveness of all African counties and  to improve implementation mechanisms  in order to enhance TICAD beneficiation through greater effectiveness and efficiency.
Session Two, which was moderated by Hon. Sam Kutesa in his capacity as1st Vice Chairperson of the AU Bureau, was held under Economic Transformation for Africa's Growth. Participants underscored the role of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to create integrated markets, the link between producers and consumers, necessity to create industrial corridors and food value chain initiatives to promote productivity and add value to agriculture and manufacturing sectors in Africa. They called for enhancement of foreign direct investments, creation of special economic zones and incentives to support investments, financing support mechanisms and public-private business missions and partnerships. Development of the blue economy, sustainable use of maritime resources and fast-tracking Programmes for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) were identified as essential enablers for Africa's development.
Session Three was held under the theme of Promoting Human Security and Resilient Society. It was noted that peace and security are prerequisites for sustainable and inclusive development and vice versa. It was also noted that good governance, rule of law and respect for human rights also contribute to social stability; and that these inter-linkages are clearly underlined  in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, AU's Agenda 2063 and outcome documents. Participants noted that challenges to peace and security, including terrorism, violent extremism and transnational organised crime necessitate cross-border and regional approaches - buttressed by Africa's efforts to silence the guns by the year 2020 through implementing the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).
Participants agreed on the urgency to address the root causes of conflict and social instability such as economic, social and political exclusion - including rampant youth unemployment aggravated by lack of life and technical skills and limited employment opportunities. Protecting and empowering people; enhancing institutional capacities; providing affordable health services through Universal Health Coverage (UHC); creating resilient health systems; and robust national and regional surveillance measures supported by the African Centre for Disease Control (CDC) were recognised as vital for creating a resilient African Society.
The closing ceremony was held on Friday afternoon, 24 August 2017, and was presided over by the Minister of Foreign Affairs  and Cooperation of Mozambique, H.E. Mr. Oldemiro Julio Marques Baloi. Co-organisers and co-chairs, including Hon. Sam Kutesa, made concluding remarks in which they underscored the Maputo TICAD VI Ministerial Follow-up Meeting as a success. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr.Taro Kono, wished participants fruitful implementation of TICAD Programmes and invited them to attend TICAD VII scheduled to take place in Yokohama, Japan in 2019.