TICAD 7 was held in Yokohama this year from August 27th to August 30th. An assembly of heads of state, representatives of UN institutions, academia, civil society and private sector all convened in Yokohama to discuss various matters relating to African development. As an event held tri-annually (every three years), TICAD presents significant opportunity for the establishment of partnerships that are beneficial for representatives of Japan, Africa, and their respective economic development partners. At TICAD 7, Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS) successfully organized a workshop on promoting private sector investment in renewable energy in Africa, held on August 27th, 2019. Moderated by Professor Dimiter Ialnazov, presentations were given by Mr. Naoki Torii, Industrial Development Expert at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Dr. Jean-Claude Maswana, Professor of Economics at Ritsumeikan University, Mr. Makoto Goda, CEO of Nippon Biodiesel Fuel, and Charles Boliko, a PhD student at Kyoto University’s GSAIS. The presentations were followed by panel discussions in which audience members engaged speakers on various aspects of renewable energy investment in Africa. The event was then concluded with policy recommendations, made by each speaker, for facilitating private investment in renewable energy in Africa. Fruitful discussions were produced at the event which have been beneficial for all participants, with post-event social gatherings enabling participants to exchange contact information for future collaboration focused on the energy sector in Africa.

Charles Boliko, a PhD student
at Kyoto University’s GSAIS.


 [Left] Workshop. [Center] Panel discussion. Moderator is Prof. Dimiter Savov Ialnazov. [Right] Q & A.