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Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum

10 May 2018

The Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum took place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 3-4 May 2018.

Following the significant growth of Japan’s economic partnership with African countries, in 2016 at TICAD VI in Nairobi, the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, announced Japan’s intention to launch the “Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum”.

The Forum was organised by the Government of Japan in collaboration with South Africa.

Its aim was to accelerate private-sector-led economic growth in Africa by encouraging further business encounters among Japanese and African companies.

Over 800 participants from Africa and several other countries including more than 100 Japanese business executives and high level ministerial representation from Japan such as Mr. Hiroshige Seko, the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) attended the Forum.

The Forum highlighted the potential for and challenges of private-sector-driven economic growth. It provided a platform for Japanese and African companies as well as business and development institutions to highlight their work in Africa. Participating countries were able to capitalise on the presence of business representatives to discuss ways of boosting investment in their countries, including leveraging public and private resources.

The Forum consisted of plenary and thematic sessions as well as several side events including business networking events such as B2B meetings.

The Japan Fair showcased Japanese products including cutting edge Japanese technologies.

Embassy of Japan in South Africa



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