Japan has reiterated its commitment to support African countries in their development programmes, the new Japan International Cooperation Agency President Prof. Shinichi Kitaoka has said. He identified training and capacity building as a critical area of partnership that has potential to drive the continent forward.
Prof. Kitaoka who was speaking Tuesday December 1, 2015 at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) lauded the progress of the institution, built by JICA through a technical cooperation between Government of Japan and Government of Kenya, since 1981.
Prof. Kitaoka talked of the upcoming Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) to be hosted in 2016 in Nairobi for the first time in Africa by Kenya as pointer towards fostering Japan- Africa ties. The forum brings together African heads of state, regional organizations, the private sector, development partners among others to discuss Africa’s development aspirations.
While at JKUAT, The President toured BRIGHT Project laboratories, among other research sites, where he had an opportunity to interact with various JKUA researcher and innovators.