Tokyo, Japan, 17 August, 2019 – The President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta will join the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) Africa Diaspora Forum on August 29, 2019 in Yokohama, Japan. Organized by the Government of Kenya, African Union (AU), International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Kenyans in Japan Association (KIJA), the Forum will focus on “Leveraging the African Diaspora for Knowledge, Skills and Innovation Exchange and Sharing to Strengthen Africa-Japan Development Partnership for Sustainable Industrialization”.
Over the recent years, Africans in Japan have contributed significantly to continental and national development through partnerships with the government, private sector, NGOs, and international organizations. Discussions about diaspora contributions have centered on the various entry points of their support to national development.
The first entry point is that of remittances which is the most commonly known contribution. The purpose of these remittances has grown over time beyond consumption towards trade, investment and capital formation in all sectors of development. The second entry point is that of leveraging on diaspora networks for exchange and transfer of knowledge, skills and innovations.
The diaspora possesses expertise, knowledge and skills that can be harnessed in developing Africa’s human resources capacity. The third entry point is that of promoting advocacy in support of good governance and leadership.
Leading the event organization, Prof. Emmanuel Mutisya, the Chairperson of Kenyans in Japan Association, and the National Diaspora Council of Kenya emphasized on the need to develop strategies that will catalyze African diaspora contributions to the continent’s social-economic development through the second entry point.
“Successful countries ensure that the diaspora constituent is part of the development agenda. The diaspora possesses skills, knowledge and innovations gained over the years in their countries of residence which if transferred to their home countries in Africa, will contribute towards meeting the national development Visions and subsequently the continental Agenda 2063”, Mutisya said
In this Forum, representatives from governments, private sector and international organizations will share perspectives on how to catalyze Africans in Japan skills, knowledge and innovations contributions towards Africa’s sustainable development.
“The diaspora plays a key role in all sectors of development world over. Their experiences and knowledge of various cultures and good practices makes them the number one ambassadors of our countries.” Ambassador Solomon Maina, Embassy of Kenya in Japan said during the meeting.
H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta will be joined by the President of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Paul Kagame and the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina. The forum will hear views and perspectives of governments, international organizations, African diaspora and the private sector on how to boost diaspora contributions through skills, knowledge and innovations for sustainable development in Africa.