Knowledge and Innovation: Investment for a New Africa

Seeking potential partnerships for science, technology, and investment in water, energy, material sciences, biotechnology, health and ICT between Africa and Japan.

- Asia/Tokyo

UNU-IAS will co-organise a session at the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8) to be held in Tunis, Tunisia on 27–28 August 2022. The session will be part of the Tunisia TICAD Innovation 2022 side event and will consist of a two-day preparation meeting on 24–25 August and a summary session on 1 September.

Aligning with the conference’s objective to promote dialogue and cooperation for Africa’s development in the post-COVID-19 era, the session will focus on research collaboration between Africa and Japan, and identify potential partnerships for science, technology, and investment in water, energy, material sciences, biotechnology, health and ICT, among others. UNU-IAS experts Akio Takemoto (Programme Head) and Kensuke Fukushi (Academic Programme Advisor) will present UNU-IAS research on water, policies, and sustainability related to Africa’s development. The session is organised by AFrica-JApan Symposium on Society, Science and Technology (AFJASSST), and the side event is organised by the Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation (APII) with support from the Foundation Abdelwaheb Ben Ayed (FABA) and other public academic, research, and industrial institutions including ATLAS Foundation, the Management Society of the Borj Cedria Technopark, and the National Agency for Scientific Research Promotion (ANPR).


Please see the provisional event programme for details on the two-day preparation meeting on 24–25 August. Programme details will be added as they become available for the summary session on 1 September.


Participation in the preparation meeting and the summary session will be possible both online and in person. To participate in the preparation meeting, please register in advance. To participate in the summary session on 1 September, please register in advance as well.

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The session will be held in English and French.


TICAD is an international conference to discuss the development of Africa. The conference was launched in 1993 upon proposal by the Government of Japan, and is co-hosted by the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the African Union Commission (AUC). The eighth conference will take place in Africa for the second time after Kenya hosted one in 2016.

For more information, please visit the TICAD website.

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