President Nana Akufo Addo on Saturday August 24,2019 left Ghana for Japan to attend the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD)upon the invitation of the Japanese Prime Minister,Shinzo Abe.
The objective of the conference is to “promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners”. Japan is a co-host of the conference, with the co-organisers being the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa and the United Nations Development Programme.
Whilst there, Nana Akufo Addo will address the plenary session of TICAD on the theme “Accelerating Economic Transformation and Improving Business Environment through Innovation and Private Sector Engagement”; deliver the keynote speech at the 2019 Symposium of the Junior Chamber International; and deliver a statement at the Thurd Replenushment of GAVI, a public-private global health partnership committed to increasing access to immunisation in poor countries”.
Mr.Akufo Addo is also expected to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Abe, and also with the President of Mauritius. He will also hold meetings with some CEOs of important Japanese companies.
The President was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs; Shirely Ayorkor Botchway, Minister for Trade and Industry; Alan Kyeremanten, Minister for Environment,Science,Technology and Innovation, Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng and officials from the Presidency and Foreign Ministry.
The President will return to Ghana on Sunday September 1,2019. The Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia shall in accordance with Article 60 (8)of the constitution, act in his stead.