Tokyo International Conference on African Development VII (TICAD 7) led by the Japanese Government, that took place in Yokohama, Japan August 28-31, 2019, was co-sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the World Bank.

In recognition of the critical role played by women’s entrepreneurship in empowering women, creating jobs, boosting inclusive economic growth and ending poverty, during TICAD 7, UN Women organized an official side event, a panel between African and Japanese Women Entrepreneurs.

The focus of the panel was in alignment with one of the priority topics set for TICAD 7, which comprehended economic transformation and improvements in business environment and institution through private investment and innovation.

  Participants of the TICAD 7 Official Side Event Organized by UN Women

The UN Women official side event, i.e. the panel organized at the TICAD 7 with the theme ”Return on Investment in Women’s Economic Empowerment in Japan and Africa” on August 28, 2019, 10:30-12:00, was a great success, where three panelist from Africa (Ethiopia, Senegal and South Africa) and one panelist from Japan took part. The panel was chaired by Mrs. Letty Chiwara, UN Women Representative to Ethiopia, African Union and Economic Commission for Africa.

Panelists at the TICAD 7 Official Side Event Organized by UN Women: 1st from the Left, Moderator – Letty Chiwara, Panelists: 2nd from the Left - Nitsiki Biyela from South Africa, Middle – Yukari Hara from Japan, 1st from the right – Khary from   Senegal and 2nd from the right – Nigest from Ethiopia

The official side event, where about 200 participants took part, was an opportunity to share African best practices to Japanese counterparts and also to hear back from the Japanese women in business on their experiences and opportunities of establishing business relationships between Africa and Japan.

The Panelists, the Organizers of the Event together with some of the Participants (Standing at the Middle: Professor Wilson, Minister of Commerce and Industry in Liberia)

At the TICAD 7 official event, UN Women also had an exhibition stand where activities implemented by the participating different countries (Japan, Ethiopia and Senegal) were exhibited. This UN Women exhibition stand was visited by different dignitaries, where among those was the First Lady of Japan, where during her visit, she met with the participants of the UN Women official side event.

The First Lady Of Japan (Left) Greeting Nigest (Right) Letty (Middle) the UN Women Representative to Ethiopia

At the UN Women had Exhibition Stand at the TICAD 7, the stand exhibited pictorial works accomplished in the countries of Japan, Ethiopia and Senegal. Beyond the pictorial presentations, Shea Butter and organic food products of an entrepreneur from Senegal were also exhibited. The exhibition was open to visitors and participants of TICAD 7.

The First Lady of Japan (2nd from the Left) with Letty (1st form the Left), Khary from Senegal (1st from the Right) and Nigest (2nd from the Right)at the UN Women Exhibition Booth

The Minister of Gender Equality (2nd from the Right) with Letty (2nd from the Left), Khary from Senegal (1st from the Right) and Nigest (1st from the Left) at the UN Women Exhibition Booth