Algeria, August 29, 2019

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Japan-TICAD 7: Algeria calls for considering Africa as dynamic economic space

YOKOHAMA (Japan) – Algeria, on Tuesday, appealed, in Yokohama (Japan), through its Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum, to consider the African continent as a “dynamic” space “actively” participating in the development of world economy.


“Algeria considers that the shared ambition of an exceptional partnership, in the context of TICAD, must necessarily result in a paradigm shift, to evolve from a projected vision of a continent reduced to a simple one; recipient of assistance or reservoir of raw materials and commercial and consumer market, a continent tormented by many cirses and conflicts, towards a dynamic economic space actively participating in the development of the world economy “, said M Boukadoum speaking at the preparatory meeting of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7), scheduled for August 28-30.

For the head of Algerian diplomacy, “Africa’s expectations impose the need for international partners to truly engage in a sustained effort to strengthen the human capacity for development of the continent.”

“This includes, in particular, a real transfer of technology that will ultimately enable Africa to develop its industrial potential for transforming its high added value and natural resources through employment and wealth creation, and deriving the benefits of the association of all components of African societies, especially young people, women and the private sector, “he said.

Boukadoum considered that, since its launch in 1993, TICAD has been “an important contribution to the stimulation of economic growth and sustainable development of the African continent” and “must continue to adapt to the changes experienced by the Africa with the legitimate ambition of setting itself up as an equal, dynamic and proactive partnership “.

The Algerian Foreign Ministry noted that economic growth in Africa has, in recent years, been “a rising curve thanks to the implementation of economic and development policies”, stressing that “the changes that have taken place on the world economic scene , including the decline in the price of a barrel of oil and other raw materials and the economic protectionism displayed by some major powers, are all developments that have led Africa to seriously consider the strategic options to protect it from the consequences by these changes “.

In this regard, he felt that the launching of the African Continental Free Trade Area and the ongoing processes of establishing the African Air Transport Market or the Integrated Pan-African High Speed ​​Railway Network “are crucial to improve Africa’s economic performance through, inter alia, the development of its industrial and agricultural potential, the strengthening of the integration of the internal market in the continent and the intensification of trade between African countries “.

Boukadoum said that the joint efforts of the AU, Japan and other TICAD partners “should move more towards pooling their respective experiences and expertise to mitigate the effects of climate change for Africa and strengthen its resilience to health crises, through the establishment of strong public health systems “.

In the same vein, he said that the challenges of peace and security on the African continent, including terrorism, “are factors that seriously impede the ability of states to respond to the phenomena and put in place sustainable economic infrastructure “.

“This is an area that deserves more meaningful cooperation between Japan and other TICAD partners and the AU, through its Commission,” he said.

Lastly, Boukadoum affirmed that “the success of TICAD is intrinsically linked to the capacity of its co-organizers to establish an effective and sustainable monitoring-evaluation mechanism that regularly accompanies the realization of the projects and programs included in the plan of action.'

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