Greeting from the Mayor
The City of Yokohama
From August 28 to 30 2019, the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) will be held here in the City of Yokohama.
Yokohama hosted both TICAD IV in 2008 and TICAD V in 2013. Now, the City has been chosen once again as the venue for TICAD in 2019, and we are committed to fully supporting TICAD 7 to ensure its success.
Using the opportunities provided by hosting two TICADs in the past, the City of Yokohama has been steadily establishing partnerships with African countries, and will continue doing so, as we strive to become the closest city to Africa in Japan, strengthening our cooperation and exchanges in a wide range of fields.
In the field of waterworks, the city has so far welcomed a total 574 trainees from 47 African countries.
Additionally, in 2017, we established the African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP) for waste management in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment, JICA, and others.
Furthermore, 80 elementary and junior high schools in Yokohama are participating in the “One School, One Country” program to create links between Yokohama schools and African countries, and we are also promoting coalitions with African countries for the empowerment of women.
As we move towards TICAD 7 in 2019, we aim to further reinforce these programs and strengthen our cooperation, collaborations and cultural exchanges with African countries. To illustrate this, we have decided that Yokohama’s theme for TICAD 7 will be: “Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future.”
This theme expresses Yokohama’s commitment to create a future in which it grows together with Africa through the concerted efforts of government, industry and academia. The word “Passion” embodies the driving force of African nations and their remarkable development, as well as Yokohama’s strong investment in the unlimited potential of its youth.
As we get closer to August 2019, we will be hosting numerous pre-events at various places in Yokohama so that people can learn about African countries and make cultural connections with people in Africa. By doing so, we will be laying the foundations for TICAD 7 in Yokohama and contribute to its success. As Japan’s “Closest City to Africa,” we hope that this will provide people the opportunity to encounter as many African cultures as possible and develop an even closer relation to African countries during their stay in our city.
The City of Yokohama