Events
6th Seminar in the TICAD Seminar Series "Liberia's Challenges and Perspectives, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Case Report"
May 9, 2016Tokyo


Organized by the World Bank

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The 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on August 27 and 28, 2016. TICAD I was held in 1993, and until 2013, 5 conferences were held in Tokyo and Yokohama every five years. TICAD, co-hosted by the Government of Japan, the World Bank Group, the United Nations and the African Union Commission (AUC), is now going to be held every three years, and for the first time, TICAD VI will be held in Africa this year. In preparation for TICAD VI, the World Bank Tokyo Office has been conducting the Seminar Series to discuss challenges and perspectives of TICAD and African countries.

The Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017, agreed at TICAD V, sets out sustainable use of biodiversity and management of land and forest resources as a priority challenge under the environment/climate change agenda. The 6th seminar focused on Japanese enterprises’ CSR efforts for forestry conservation and social development in Liberia.

In the seminar, Yasusuke Tsukagoshi, Special Representative, Japan, World Bank Group and David J. Saryee, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Liberia delivered opening remarks.  Inguna Dobraja, World Bank’s Country Manager for Liberia gave a firsthand briefing on the current situation and challenges of Liberia whose livelihoods and economic activities were heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak in 2014. Naoko Sugami from Daikin Industries, Ltd. and Liam Walsh from Conversation International Liberia spoke  about their "Forests for the Air" Project that seeks to conserve forests through community support and environmental education.

The 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on August 27 and 28, 2016. TICAD I was held in 1993, and until 2013, 5 conferences were held in Tokyo and Yokohama every five years. TICAD, co-hosted by the Government of Japan, the World Bank Group, the United Nations and the African Union Commission (AUC), is now going to be held every three years, and for the first time, TICAD VI will be held in Africa this year. In preparation for TICAD VI, the World Bank Tokyo Office has been conducting the Seminar Series to discuss challenges and perspectives of TICAD and African countries.

The Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017, agreed at TICAD V, sets out sustainable use of biodiversity and management of land and forest resources as a priority challenge under the environment/climate change agenda. The 6th seminar will focus on Japanese enterprises’ CSR efforts for forestry conservation and social development in Liberia. In the seminar, Inguna Dobraja, World Bank’s Country Manager for Liberia will give a firsthand briefing on the current situation and challenges of Liberia whose livelihoods and economic activities were heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak in 2014. Speakers from Daikin Industries, Ltd. and Conversation International will speak about their "Forests for the Air" Project that seeks to conserve forests through community support and environmental education.

 

Program:

Opening Remarks

Yasusuke Tsukagoshi, Special Representative, Japan, World Bank Group

David J. Saryee, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Liberia

Sperkers

Inguna Dobraja, Country Manager, Liberia, World Bank Group (via videoconference)

Presentation Material: Liberia Recovering – Challenging Road Ahead (PDF)

Naoko Sugami, Daikin Industries, Ltd.

Presentation Material: "Forest for the Air" Project (PDF)

Liam Walsh, Conservation International Liberia (via videoconference)

Presentation Material: Forests for the Air - Conservation in Northern Nimba, Liberia (PDF)

 

Reference:

Africa: Low Commodity Prices Continue to Impede Growth (Africa’s Pulse)

Past Series:

5th Seminar in the TICAD Seminar Series (February 24, 2016)
“Infrastructure Development and Business Opportunities in Kenya and Neighboring Countries”

4th Seminar in the TICAD Seminar Series (January 22, 2016)
“Land Use Planning & Spatial Development for Smart Growth in African Cities”

3rd Seminar in the TICAD Seminar Series (January 13, 2016)
“Climate Change Initiatives in Africa”

2nd Seminar in the TICAD Seminar Series (December 4, 2015)
"Investment in Nutrition: Initiatives in Africa"

1st Seminar in the TICAD Seminar Series (October 7, 2015)
“Discussion on TICAD VI with His Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mr. Belmiro Jose Malate, the Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique to Japan”

 

EVENT DETAILS
  • DATE/TIME: Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:30pm-8:00pm (JST)

VENUE:
The World Bank Tokyo Office
10th floor, Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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LANGUAGE:
English and Japanese
(with simultaneous interpretation)

INQUIRIES:
Koichi Omori, World Bank Tokyo Office
EMAIL: komori@worldbankgroup.org
TEL: 03-3597-6650