President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo left Ghana on Saturday, August 24 for Japan to attend the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), at the invitation of the Japanese Premier, Shinzo Abe.
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 United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (UN-OSSA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) being the co-organizers.
President Akufo-Addo, while in Japan will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Abe and also with the President of Mauritius as well as hold meetings with some Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of important Japanese companies.
The Ghanaian President 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 Third Replenishment of GAVI, “a public-private global health partnership committed to increasing access to immunization in poor countries.”
Nana Akfo-Addo was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen; Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng as well as some officials from the Presidency and the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
The President is expected to return to the country on Sunday, September 1, 2019. The Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution, act in his stead.