2016 Aug. 26 01:00 AM
2016 Aug. 26 04:00 AM


Lenana Hall, Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya


UNIDO, the African Union Commission, and the Government of Kenya

UNIDO - AUC - Kenya TICAD VI side event

Prior to the sixth Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development (TICAD VI) to be held from 27 to 28 August 2016, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the African Union Commission and the Government of Kenya will jointly organize a high-level side event under the theme, “Enhancing Africa’s Structural Economic Transformation through Agenda 2063 and Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID): Fostering partnerships between the Government of Kenya, the African Union Commission, UNIDO and the Private Sector”.

Reflecting on the centrality of Industrialization to African structural economic transformation through direct investments, and technology and know-how transfer as well as through partnerships, this side event will offer a platform for direct engagement between African leaders, institutions, and representatives of the private sector from Africa and Japan.

The event will be an opportunity for continued discussions on the importance of forging and strengthening collaboration among governments and the private sector stakeholders in view of achieving deeper development impact in Africa. In particular, the event will be an occasion for stakeholders to share insights on strategies and tools for accelerating industrialization in Africa through multi-stakeholder platforms and approaches. Being held on the margins of the TICAD VI Conference, the event will also provide a platform to explore how the cooperation between Africa and Japan can be enhanced to promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development on the continent.

A key note speech will be delivered on the theme “Enhancing Africa’s transformation agenda through inclusive and sustainable industrial Development (ISID).” Three presentations highlighting various facets of the theme will be followed by a panel discussion on public-private partnerships and financing for industrialization.

Jeff Koinange, an eminent Kenyan journalist and talk show host, will moderate the side event, and is expected to steer a lively debate among high-level panelists, including senior government officials, successful private sector stakeholders from both Africa and Japan, civil society organizations, sister UN agencies and other international organizations.