Report: Symposium on Capacity Building in Sustainable Resource Development in Africa Held in Nairobi. 24 March 2016


On 24th March 2016, a one-day international event “Symposium on Capacity Building in Sustainable Resource Development in Africa” was held at the embassy of Japan in Nairobi, Kenya. It was hosted by JSPS Nairobi Research Station in cooperation with the Akita University and Embassy of Japan in Kenya.

The symposium aims to consider the development of human resources which are engaged in sustainable resource development by sharing the expertise among the specialists from Japan and South and East African countries; and to provide a platform of exchanging ideas of education for sustainable development resources at higher education institutions in Africa.

The final draft of the post Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was concluded on August 2nd, titled “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Its Goal 7 “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” is an issue needing immediate attention. Faculty of International Resource Sciences, Akita University has dedicated itself to training and producing young researchers, engineers and business persons who are engaged in energy resource development through “kizuna (bond)-Project” by JICA and the ministry of foreign affairs of the government of Japan and ABE Initiative(African Business Education Initiative for Youth) to address the challenges.
This symposium will provide a forum for participants to discuss and consider such issues and the relevant policy for SDGs.

This symposium drew around 50 attendees from Ministry of Mining(kenya), Embassy of Japan and various academic institutions from African countries and Japan.

Hon. Kazungu,cabinet secretary, Ministry of mining attended and delivered speech. He provided the overview of the current situation regarding energy in Kenya and
mentioned that they would continue leading efforts to achieve the goal of the Vision2030.

There was an highly animated discussion among the participants.
We expect that the discussion on the these themes will continue, at the TICAD6 to be held in Nairobi, July 2016.


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