Q&A: JICA VP talks Japanese support in Africa

Hiroshi Kato, senior vice president at the Japanese International Cooperation Agency. Photo by: Giulio Napolitano / FAO

ABIDJAN — The recent signing of a $300 million private sector loan assistance agreement between Japan and the African Development Bank highlighted a growing Japanese interest in maintaining and expanding its presence on the continent.

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency currently operates programs across two-thirds of the continent, primarily with an eye to improving and encouraging a robust private sector.

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    Christin Roby is the West Africa Correspondent for Devex. Based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, she covers global development trends, health, technology, and policy. Before relocating to West Africa, Christin spent several years working in local newsrooms and earned her Master of Science in videography and global affairs reporting from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Her informed insight into the region stems from her diverse coverage of more than a dozen African nations.