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[Title] Yokohama Plan of Actions 2019, Actions for Implementation of the Yokohama Declaration 2019

[Date] August 30, 2022
[Source] Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
[Full text]

TICAD is a platform for discussing important issues related to Africa's development, and a process that allows all TICAD partners - African Union Member States, Japan, co-organizers and other development partners, private sector and civil society - to come together for the further development of the continent.

The Yokohama Declaration 2019 endorses the theme of TICAD 7, "Advancing Africa's Development through People, Technology and Innovation". It also reinforces the three pillars of TICAD 7: i) accelerating economic transformation and improving business environment through innovation and private sector engagement; ii) deepening sustainable and resilient society; and iii) strengthening peace and stability. For each of these pillars, the Declaration commends achievements, highlights outstanding issues, and promotes continued collaboration and actions to advance progress.

The Yokohama Plan of Actions 2019 which accompanies the Declaration, lists actions expected to be implemented by the TICAD partners in order to promote focus areas of the three main pillars of the Yokohama Declaration 2019 adopted at TICAD 7. The Yokohama Plan of Action 2019 is an evolving document which will be updated at any time after TICAD 7 by each TICAD partner.

The Yokohama Plan of Actions 2019 is composed of items A-E as described below:

A. Focus Areas

Under each pillar of the Yokohama Declaration 2019, focus areas and

corresponding AU flagship programs are listed.

B. Actions

Listed under each focus area are illustrative actions that will contribute to progress

in each of the focus areas and AU flagship initiatives, which in turn will contribute to progress in each of the pillars. It is neither comprehensive nor exhaustive, and many more actions could be added, but its approach should be focused and strategic.

C. Actors

All TICAD partners can contribute and be listed as actors, because progress

depends on individual and collective action. Ultimately, African Union Member States, institutions and people are the most important actors, while others, including development partners, provide support to their efforts. As for the private sector, private enterprises participating in TICAD 7 and their branches in multiple African countries can be listed regardless of their actual presence in TICAD7.

D. Measures / Initiatives

Each of the listed actions requires a wide range of other measures and initiatives

to be successfully undertaken. Actors can indicate the sort of broad measures and initiatives they intend to implement in multiple countries, depending on their area of expertise. However, for purposes of manageability, these should not refer to individual projects or country-specific programs, but rather to aggregate actions. The names of measures / initiatives or brief summary of them will be described comprehensively.

In terms of private projects, all the projects contribute to B. Actions including CSR activities, and country-specific programs can also be included.

Both new and existing measures / initiatives can be included. However, they should be limited to those to be carried out under the responsibility of each actor and with solid financial resources. In principle, measures / initiatives for which financial resources are yet to be considered cannot be included.

E. Expected Outcomes

Just as all TICAD partners are responsible for implementing actions within their

areas of expertise and drawing on their comparative advantage, so too are they responsible for reporting on and monitoring progress. Each of the partner will be asked to indicate in broad terms what they have done to contribute to progress through a monitoring system.

Nonetheless, TICAD stakeholders are encouraged to provide input to the extent feasible in an attempt to ascertain what progress is being made in achieving the objectives of TICAD 7.

At TICAD 7, the Matrix template and the contents of A. Focus Areas, and B.

Actions are adopted. C. Actors, D. Measures / Initiatives and E. Expected Outcomes are filled by Co-organizers only, as of Aug 30 , 2019. Other TICAD partners are welcome to provide their inputs after TICAD7.