Africa Kaizen Annual Conference

Africa Kaizen Annual Conference:

“Opportunities for Kaizen in Africa – Now and in Future”

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in partnership with Productivity SA under the auspices of the Pan-Africa Productivity Association (PAPA), will be hosting the captioned 3 days Conference from 2nd to 4th of July.

More than 100 of practitioners of Kaizen will be gathering from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The Conference will also integrate site visits to various companies including TOYOTA, “the mother of KAIZEN”.

*The Kaizen Initiative, launched in August 2017, is a joint outcome of the 35th NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC), held in July 2016 in Rwanda, and the Japanese Government’s Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), held in August 2016 in Kenya.


Date: 2 July 2018
Time: 8:45 – 10:15 Plenary Session
10:15 – 10:45 Press Conference
Speakers: Representative from the Province of Kwa-Zulu Natal
Representative from Ministry of Labor
Representative of NEPAD
Ambassador of Japan
Vice President of JICA
Venue: Aha Gateway Hotel – Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal


Invitation to Key note presentation by TOYOTA and Factory visits:

Date & Time: 3 July 2018
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 Key note Presentation by Mr. Kyogo Onoue, General Manager,
Operations Management Department, Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan
11:00 – 15:00 Factory visits including Toyota South Africa Motors


For reservation and queries, please contact the JICA South Africa Office at 012-3464493, specifically:
1. Ms Brigette Kgaphola, Communications Officer,; or
2. Mr Mpho Pekane, Programme Officer,

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