For the first time in history, the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD ) Summit will be held at Kenyatta International Convention Center in Nairobi, Kenya on 27th -28th August 2016. This will be the first time TICAD is being held in Africa since its inception in 1993. It is the sixth conference .
This follows a series of top global leaders visiting the country and international events being hosted in kenya from the Global Entrepreneurship summit to the latest being United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
In such a scenario,Kenyans, specifically Nairobians are alerted to brace themselves for a monster traffic from next week as the city hosts the summit which will attract 35 Head of States from Africa.
According to the summit’s programme, four major roads will be closed from August 25th to 29th, to facilitate smooth transport for approximately 10,000 delegates that are expected in the country.
The roads include;Parliament Road,Taifa Road,City Hall Way and Parts of Harambee Avenue.
“From 24th midnight to 29th evening designated parking will be provided for every category of participants and gates for VIPs will be different from ordinary delegates,” Mr Amos Gathecha, the Head of Security for TICAD VI summit confirmed.
President Uhuru Kenyatta will host the summit alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Foreign Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed announced that 4,000 Japanese delegates have confirmed attendance. At least 67 hotels have been booked in Nairobi for the event which will kick off on Thursday.
The decision to host TICAD VI Summit in Africa was reached during the TICAD V Summit in 2013 when it was agreed that the venue of subsequent TICAD Summits be alternated between Japan and Africa. The interval of summit Meetings was also shortened from every 5 years to three (3) years.