The seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) Summit was held from 28-30 August 2019 in Yokohama, Japan. The Hon. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister led the Mauritius delegation to the Summit. The main outcomes of the TICAD 7 Summit were the adoption of a Yokohama Declaration and a Yokohoma Plan of Action.
In the margins of the Summit, the Hon. Prime Minister met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and discussed ways and means to enhance the bilateral relations between our two countries. During the meeting, Prime Minister Abe announced that the Government of Japan has:
(i) Agreed to give a grant of 300,000,000 JPY equivalent to 100 Million MRU to the Government of Mauritius for the acquisition of 6 High Speed Boats in the context of maritime security;
(ii) Contributed to an FAO regional project on fisheries which Mauritius will benefit together with the Indian Ocean Commission countries;
(iii) Made provision for the upgrading of Meteorological Equipment at the Trou aux Cerfs Radar Station for better resolution imagery.
Discussions also centered on boosting regional connectivity, disaster resilience building, development of the seaweed farming and commercialisation as well as the interest of Japan to participate in the activities being undertaken by the Indian Ocean Commission.
The Hon. Prime Minister participated in the Plenary Session of the Summit relating to Accelerating Economic Transformation and made an intervention to highlight the innovative measures brought in by Government to improve the business environment in Mauritius and encouraged efforts to boost triangular projects in the Special Economic Zones which Mauritius is already engaged..
The Hon. Prime Minister also delivered the Keynote Address at the Special Conference on Promoting Cooperation in the Western Indian Ocean. The Hon. Prime Minister recalled the important role played by the Ministerial Conferences on Maritime Security held in 2018 and 2019, in Mauritius in galvanizing regional and international efforts to address the multiple facets of Maritime Security. He further stressed on the need for a coherent and sustainable Maritime Security Architecture for the Indian Ocean.
The Hon Prime Minister had bilateral meetings with their Excellencies, the Presidents of Ghana, Kenya and Senegal as well as the Hon Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania. He also met the Secretary General of the United Nations and representatives of the Japan-AU Parliamentary Union.
During his visit to Japan, the Hon. Prime Minister also launched the Economic and Trade Office of the Economic Development Board in Tokyo on 30 August 2019. The following two agreements were also signed:
(i) MoU between EDB and Japan Institute for Overseas Investment
(ii) MOU between EDB and Japan External Trade Organization