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Africa, Japan Partner To Fight Terrorism, Piracy

African leaders along with their Japanese counterparts have pledged to tame the rising threat of terrorism, while emphasising the importance of maritime order, as they concluded an international conference on Sunday, Japan Today reports.

According to the Nairobi Declaration signed at the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), the leaders agreed to promote investment across the African continent to encourage job creation and economic growth.

“We resolve to promote social stability by responding comprehensively to security concerns. In this regard, we emphasise that protecting and empowering individuals, especially youth and women, families and their communities by improving access to education, technical and vocational training, job creation and opportunity, and promoting social cohesion, are fundamental,” read the Nairobi Declaration in part.

Addressing attendees at the conference, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that Japan continued to be a valuable force across the continent while remaining diplomatic and fair.

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Pledging to mobilise a total of $30 billion in funds to invest in Africa over the next three years, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that the eastern nation would offer support to development led by Africans for Africa.

Tokyo expressed hopes that by the end of 2019, an estimated 9.6 million African youths would have benefited from the education scheme, Daily Nation reports.

In addition, leaders in attendance agreed that the private sector should be boosted across the country, with 22 Japanese firms signing MoUs with agencies from 26 African countries to make this happen.

Accompanied by about 200 officials from more than 70 Japanese countries, the trip marked Abe’s first official visit to the continent in over 15 years, proving that Africa was a valuable asset to the eastern nation.

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