Zambian leader travels to Japan for TICAD meeting

Edgar Lungu
Edgar Lungu

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Monday left for Japan to attend the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).

The conference, launched in 1993 by Japan to create a forum for high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners and Japan, will run from Aug. 28 to 30, 2019.

The Zambian leader’s attendance at the TICAD will result in the two countries signing two memoranda of understanding, according to state-run news agency, the Zambia News and Information Service (ZANIS).

The two countries will sign an agreement on cooperation in the health sector while Japan is further expected to give Zambia a 3-million-U.S. dollar grant for health care kits and essential drugs.

Meanwhile, Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Hidenobu Sobashima said this year’s TICAD will focus on business and investment in order to push forward African development through quality infrastructure and human resource development.

The conference, Hidenobu said, was expected to enhance trade and investment between Africa and Japan. Enditem

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