President Mnangagwa back home in Zimbabwe after successfully selling the Zimbabwe brand at the TICAD-7 conference in Yokohama, Japan. The conference ran from 28 - 30 August
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived back home from Yokohama, Japan, where he joined other African leaders at the seventh edition of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, otherwise known as the TICAD7.
He was met at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport by Vice President Kembo Mohadi, Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, State Security Minister Owen Ncube, Harare Metropolitan Minister Oliver Chidau, senior government officials, service chiefs, among others.
The conference mainly looked at unlocking business opportunities for Japanese corporates in infrastructural development in the African continent.
At the conference, President Mnangagwa met the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as the Japanese Emperor, His Highness Naruhito.
Japana promised US$110 million to construct a ring road around Harare, as well as 150,000 tonnes of cereal grain to avert a hunger crisis which faces 2 million Zimbabweans, including urban dwellers.
On the continent, the world’s third biggest economy promised to pour in US$20 billion in infrastructural projects in Africa in the next year.
Several African Presidents including Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and Paul Kagame of Rwanda attended the TICAD7, as did the Presidents of Mali, Ghana, Guinea, Mozambique, Tanzania, among others.
African Union chairperson Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who is the Egyptian President, also attended TICAD7.