TICAD-8: Algeria pleads for win-win multilateral partnership between African continent, Japan

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TUNIS – Algeria took part in the work of the 8th summit of the Tokyo Conference on Development in Africa, which was held in Tunis on August 27 and 28, 2022.

This Conference, which is held every three years, constitutes a platform for multilateral cooperation between Japan and the African Union, and associates the United Nations and the World Bank as Africa’s development partners.

The Algerian delegation was led by the Minister of Trade and Export Promotion, Mr. Kamel Rezig, accompanied by the Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, in charge of Major International Partnerships, Mrs. Leila Zerrougui.

During the debates, Algeria, at the outset, welcomed the holding of this conference for the second time on African soil, while praising the efforts and leadership of the Tunisian government for the successful organization of this event.

Algeria, then, highlighted the global challenges facing Africa, such as; the weakening of the global economy, food insecurity, extreme poverty, as well as the rise of terrorism and violent extremism.

It is in this respect that Algeria pleaded for a fair and equitable partnership capable of supporting the efforts of the African continent to increase its share in world economic growth.

Algeria also called for the adoption of a pragmatic approach, based on the interdependence between security, peace and development, to enable TICAD partners to improve opportunities for direct investment in the African continent and to enhance its human, natural and technological resources.

In addition, Algeria took the opportunity of this conference to recall the general framework adopted by the Heads of State of the African Union (AU) defining the format and objectives of multilateral partnerships with the African continent, emphasizing the need to ensure that all AU Member States participate in summits relating to these partnerships.

In this vein, Algeria welcomed the invitation addressed to the Member States of the African Union, including the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, to participate in this Summit, while calling on the partners of TICAD to respect the principles, positions and practices of the African Union so that this multilateral partnership is sustainable and inclusive.

On the sidelines of the TICAD work, the Head of the Algerian delegation, Mr. Kamel Rezig, was received in audience by the President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mr. Ibrahim Ghali, and had several bilateral meetings with the delegations of Tunisia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Mauritania, South Africa as well as a meeting with the representatives of the World Bank.

During these fruitful meetings, the Minister of Trade and Export Promotion highlighted the business and trade opportunities with Algeria by pleading for greater economic and trade integration within the African continent.

Finally, the 8th TICAD Summit wrapped up with the adoption of a joint declaration which identifies three pillars of cooperation between Japan and the African continent, namely: achieving structural transformation for economic growth, building a resilient and sustainable society, and ensuring long-lasting peace and stability.

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