For the first time since its creation in 1993, the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) will be held in Africa.

The sixth TICAD (TICAD VI) will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27-28 August 2016 at Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

Typically, the topics discussed at the summit relate to updates and new research concerning economic growth and ties, development of infrastructure, agriculture and farming, as well as peace and security in Africa. The prestigious economic development conference is attended by most of the 54 African Heads of State and their government representatives, plus experts from the global development finance community.

TICAD has been held in Japan since its inception. The decision for host countries of future TICAD summits to alternate between Japan and Africa was made during the last summit in 2013. In addition, TICAD will now be held every three years instead of every five years.

Another first for TICAD is an interactive session between Heads of State and representatives of the private sector. It will also feature representation from other national and continental stakeholder groups, including from Africa’s Civil Society Organisations.

This year’s TICAD Guest of Honour is Japan’s Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe and the event will be opened by HE President Uhuru Kenyatta.