Neven Mimica, European Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development, will be travelling to Japan to represent the European Union (EU) at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) that takes place in Yokohama on 28-30 August.
During his visit, he is also scheduled to have bilateral meetings with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Japan International Cooperation Agency President Shinichi Kitaoka.
Launched in 1993, the TICAD is an international conference co-organized by Japan, the United Nations, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the African Union Commission. It brings together key stakeholders to discuss ways to better implement measures that contribute to Africa's development.
The EU is an active player in the development field – together with its Member States, it is the world's leading donor of official development assistance (ODA). Europe and Africa have close historical, cultural and geographical ties, and in 2017, the EU and its Member States provided 23.9 billion EUR in ODA to Africa, actively promoting projects ranging from sustainable agriculture and food security to investments in infrastructure.