Participation of the President Macky Sall in the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development

Participation of the President Macky Sall in the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development

Focus — Saturday, September 10, 2016

August 26, 2016


The Head of State Macky Sall arrived Friday August 26th in Nairobi, Kenya where he participated in the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), scheduled for August 27th and 28th.

Upon his arrival, the President was welcomed by Kenyan authorities and representatives of the Senegalese diplomacy in Nairobi, before proceeding to sign the guest book at the Presidential lounge.

This Sixth Conference was held, for the first time, on the African continent.

Participants included international organizations such as the United Nations; regional organizations like the African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the Planning and Coordinating Agency of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD); civil society; and the private sector.

At the TICAD VI summit, African states and the TICAD partners were represented at the highest level.


The Head of State, Macky Sall, visited the African stalls, including that of Senegal represented by the National Agency for the Promotion of Investment and Major Projects (APIX), upon his arrival in Nairobi for the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI).

He highlighted APIX as the gateway for investors in Senegal: a resource on investment opportunities and helpful information including the Emerging Senegal Plan.

The President also visited the Japanese pavilion where he met with representatives of Japanese companies that came to present.

This first day in Nairobi was the occasion for President Macky Sall to discuss impediments to African development through his participation in a meeting on the African Mechanism of Peer Review (APRM), specifically on the theme of good governance.

The APRM was established in 2003 by Africans as a tool for voluntary self-assessment by Member States of the African Union (AU).

At a high-level panel on Universal Health Coverage (CMU) in Africa, the President praised the CMU program launched in Senegal in 2014.

August 27, 2016


President Macky Sall emphasized the importance of regional projects in Africa

The Head of State, Macky Sall, speaking at the opening ceremony of the 6th International Conference of Tokyo on African Development (TICAD VI) in Nairobi, Kenya, hoped that the funds budgeted for development in Africa could focus on projects of regional interest.

''I wish that, through TICAD, we could use any funds made available for the development of Africa on projects of regional interest rather than on country-specific projects" he said before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The latter previously spoke to announce about 10 billion dollars, or about 6 trillion CFA Francs, in aid for the African continent over the next three years.

President Macky Sall emphasized the problem of energy in Africa during his speech, in the presence of several African heads of state. He said that, in his opinion, it remains ''one of the major priorities.''

He called attention to the 2015 report by the International Agency for Renewable Energy, which believes that at least 300 gigawatts of renewable energy should be generated to cover Africa's electricity needs by 2030.

He thus, expressed his wish that the fund in support of the electrification of Africa created at the last summit of the African Union in Kigali, could benefit from at least 1 billion dollars (550 billion FCFA) of the 10 billion announced by Japan.

According to President Macky Sall, doing this will benefit all African countries.

TICAD VI (27-28 August) is held for the first time in Africa. President Macky Sall takes part in this event in his capacity as Chairman of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

August 28, 2016

The PUDC (Urgent Community Development Program) seen as a model to replicate according to the UNDP Administrator

During an audience in Nairobi, Kenya Helen Clark, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNPD), gave praise to the Senegalese Urgent Community Development Program (UDCP) as one that many countries would like to imitate.

To Mrs. Clark, “the UDCP is seen as a model to replicate and many countries have requested partnerships with Senegal to implement this program.”

According to her, “Togo has already begun to implement this program and many other countries want to implement this model including Burkina Faso, Benin, and Madagascar,” Helen Clark expressed regarding the UDCP.

She assured that Senegal will take advantage of the next General Assembly of the UN this November to “show how the UDCP is a model to be replicated.”

Meeting with Ibrahim Mahlab, former Egyptian Prime Minister, received by the President

President Macky Sall had an audience in Nairobi, Kenya with Ibrahim Mahlab, Assistant to the Egyptian President Abdal Fatah Al-Sisi and former Prime Minister.

He conveyed greetings and best wishes on behalf of the Egyptian President before discussing cooperation efforts between the two countries, particularly in matters of security.

“We discussed the economy, politics, as well as security because we are all exposed to the same enemy that is terrorism” said Mr Mahlab.

Desalination of seawater: officials from the Mitsubishi company received by the President

Mitsubishi executives requested the support of President Macky Sall, at a meeting in Nairobi for a seawater desalination project financed with more than 130 billion CFA Francs by Japan, during the 6th International Tokyo Convention on African development (TICAD VI, 27th and 28th of August).
“We want to meet with the Senegalese Minister of Hydraulics as soon as possible to move forward in our efforts, which already begun in 2016,” said the officials of the Japanese company.

The uncle of US President, Said Obama, received by the President

The uncle of the American President, Said Obama, had an audience with the President Macky Sall in Nairobi, where they discussed the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation.

We had a very cordial meeting” Obama said before speaking about the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation, which according to him, does “a lot of work on education, maternal health, and the fight against HIV AIDS.”

Mr. Obama sought the support of the President for the Foundation based in Kenya and established in 2009.

Meeting of the President of the Republic of Senegal with the Prime Minister of Japan

The Head of State praised the excellent cooperation between Senegal and Japan.

After meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Macky Sall said he felt “pleased” with the bilateral collaborations, as Japan granted Senegal 134 billion CFA Francs for the implementation of a seawater desalination project in the site at Mamelles in Dakar.

This meeting took place on the sidelines of the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) held in Nairobi, Kenya from the 27th to the 28th of August.

I was very happy with our bilateral plans after my meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [...] It was a very positive discussion with tangible results '' said the President, who also announced that Japan will contribute 41 billion CFA Francs for the Program of Universal Health Coverage (CMU).

According to him, matters relating to resilient health systems have been extensively discussed at TICAD VI, and Japan plans to expand its support in this area to other African countries.