By Malawi Freedom Network
Chimlirenji To Attend TICAD Conference In Japan
Malawi Vice President Overton Chimlirenji leaves the country on Sunday, August 25, 2019 for Japan where he will attend the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7).
Announcing the trip, Office of the Vice President through Press Officer in the Veep’s Office, Charles Wahara, says Chimlirenji will depart from Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) at 9 O’clock in the morning.
The conference will start on August 28 and end on August 30 will take place at Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama City and according to the official letter, President Arthur Peter Mutharika has delegated his deputy to represent him.
This is the third international summit for the Vice President to be delegated by President Mutharika who has not left the country for an international travel since his swearing in on the higher position following the most disputed May 2019 elections.
According to information sourced by Malawi Freedom Network (MFN), the conference will be conducted under the theme: “Advancing Africa’s Development through People, Technology and Innovation”.
This year’s theme is said to be matching with Japan’s strengths such as human resource development as well as Science, Technology and Innovation.
Under the theme, Japan intends to strongly boost Africa’s development through assistance that is unique to Japan.
Furthermore, through this theme, Japan hopes that there will be a growing interest in Africa and TICAD 7, both domestically and internationally.
The government of Japan has been leading the conference since 1993.
The conference is co-hosted by the United Nations through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and African Union Commission (AUC).