Arrived in 1987 at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), Ryuichi Kato held various positions in many departments of this institution, before being appointed vice-president, in 2020. Before that, he worked for a long time in West Africa, as a resident in Côte d’Ivoire, then in Senegal, where he took over the management of the local agency between 2012 and 2016. He was then, for four years, general manager of the Africa department. On the occasion of a visit to Paris at the beginning of July, he returned to Jica’s main issues in Africa, in view of the eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad 8) which will be held at the end of August in Tunisia.
The fruits of Japanese cooperation in Africa
Young Africa: Three years after Ticad 7, what conclusions do you draw from this?
Ryuichi Kato: For the first time, Ticad focused on business between Africa and Japan. Jica has important support levers for companies. This is particularly the case in education and vocational training. And I think I can affirm that all of the objectives set out in Yokohama have been achieved. Despite the pandemic, nearly 400,000 Africans have benefited from our various training programs in the industrial sector.
What do you expect next Ticad ?