Japan has called on the Federal Government’s assistance for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) seven which will be taking place in August this year.
The special envoy of the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr Shunsuke Takei said that Nigeria can lead the discussion and bring high level participants from government and the private sector including President Buhari.
Mr Takei added that TICAD seven is not only for Japan and Nigeria but the entire Africa to discuss economic and development agenda.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the home of the former Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, he said that the economic relationship between Nigeria and Japan has been steadily developing.
His words, “I was appointed to attend the Nigerian democracy day celebration by the Prime Minister and it was very intresting.
“Yesterday I was briefed by Japanese and Nigerian businesses communities, I am so glad that the economic relationship between Nigeria and Japan has been steadily developing. I understand that since 2015, the minister has been working so hard to contribute to science and technology, he visited Japan in 2017 to attend the Science and Technology in Society Forum and i sincerely seek your cooperation as a critical political leader in the All Progressive Congress (APC).
“The 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) seven will be held on the 28th-30th this year in Japan. TICAD seven is not only for Japan and Nigeria but the entire Africa to discuss economic and development agenda, the minister attended TICAD six in Nairobi and we highly expect that as a great power in Africa, Nigeria can lead the discussion and bring high level participants from government and private sector including President Buhari and in terms of that, I sincerely need your cooperation.”
Dr. Onu informed Mr Takei that President Buhari is intrested in working with friendly nations like Japan.
He added, “Nigeria is very willing and happy to have economic relationship with all countries but the relationship it has with Japan is very unique. Here in Nigeria, we are working very hard to remove our economy from its dependency on resource to that of innovation and technology.”