President of the Presidential Council, Mohamed Menfi, arrived on Friday in Tunis, where he was welcomed by the Tunisia President, Kais Saied, to take part in the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TIKAD), taking place in Tunis.

TICAD 8 is due   to kick off on Saturday, in the presence of a number of African head of states and governments, and will conclude Sunday, according to a statement by the media office of the Presidential Council.

During the summit, an economic forum will be organized with the participation of 300 Japanese, African and Tunisian companies and 10,000 international participants from private sector operators in Japan and Africa, in addition to scores of parallel activities such as seminars and workshops on economic, financial and scientific fields.

The Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, is to take part in the summit, in addition to international organizations concerned with development and economy.

TICAD is considered one of the oldest forums with focus in Africa, and has been co-hosted by United Nations, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and African Union Commission (AUC) with Japan taking the lead since 1993.

 It is designed to support development in the continent through a partnership with the international community and mobilize support for its development initiatives.