Kenya will host the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in September, next year.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Amina Mohamed announced on Friday that the summit, which is to be held between September 2 and 4, will bring together the Prime Minister of Japan, African heads of states and a team from the United Nations.
“We will be expecting 5,000 delegates including the World Bank, the African Union Commission, members of the private sector, academics and representatives of the civil society,” Ambassador Amina Mohamed said.
Kenya will be the first African country to host the TICAD started in 1993. Initially it was being held in Japan every five years but it was agreed that it will be held every three years during the fifth TICAD meeting in 2013.
Gambia dropped its bid to host the conference last month, leaving Kenya as the only contender.
The Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Mr Tatsushi Terada said Kenya was key to Japanese relations in Africa and would be the centre stage for Africa development.
During the 2013 summit held in Yokohama, Japan announced Sh3.3 trillion (3.2 trillion yen) in public-private initiatives, including Sh1.4 trillion (1.4 trillion yen) in development assistance.
Kenya has also benefited from the African Business Education Initiative that sponsors 1,000 students from across the continent to study in Japan.
On Thursday, 45 students flew to Japan under the programme that saw 55 others benefit in 2014.