Saharawi President receives warm welcome, participates in TICAD8 summit in Tunis


Tunis, August 27, 2022 (SPS) – The Saharawi President of the Republic and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mr. Brahim Ghali, arrived in Tunis, to participate in the Tokyo International Conference on Development in Africa, TICAD 8.

Upon his arrival at Carthage International Airport, President Brahim Ghali was warmly received by Tunisian President Kais Saied, where the two presidents held talks in the airport’s honor hall.

The Saharawi President was accompanied by an important delegation comprising of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, the Ambassador in Ethiopia and the permanent representative to the African Union Mr. Lamman Abaali, Advisors to the Presidency Mr. Abdati Breika, and Ms. Annana Labat Rachid.

TICAD stands for Tokyo International Conference on African Development. The Government of Japan has been leading this conference since 1993, co-hosted by United Nations, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), World Bank and African Union Commission (AUC).

In July 2020, the Government of Japan announced that TICAD8 to be held in 2022 would be hosted by the Republic of Tunisia, being the second time to be hosted in Africa after the one organized in Kenya in 2016. In light of the outcomes of TICAD7 held in Yokohama in August 2019, Japan will continue to strongly support African-led development toward TICAD8.

In this vein, the works of the eighth regular session of the Partnership Summit between the African Union and Japan, known as the Tokyo International Conference on African Development TICAD8, kicked off, Saturday, in Tunis, in the presence of the Saharawi President Mr. Brahim Ghali.

In the opening speech, President of Tunisia Mr. Kais Saied, affirmed that Africa has lived through many tragedies for years as a result of instability, hoping to find legal solutions and appropriate conditions safe investments.

Tunisian President Kais Saied stressed the need to build just societies on the African continent, noting that holding this conference with Japan is not a coincidence, especially since it is a country that has achieved a lot in a short time. “We also have to challenge time,” he said.

Discussions at TICAD 8 will focus on three themes: achieving sustainable and inclusive growth with reduced economic inequalities; realizing a sustainable and resilient society based on human security; and building sustainable peace and stability through supporting Africa’s own efforts.

The presence of the Sahrawi Republic at the eighth TICAD summit is an embodiment of its deserved position at international level, which is the result of the great sacrifices of its people and global support with its rights to sovereignty and existence like other nations.


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