This year’s Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) will be held in Kenya in August 2016 even as Japan has announced that it will seek African support to enable it push to reform the UN Security Council.

It will be he first time for the conference to be held in Africa  –  and in deed – the first time for it to be held outside Japan since it was established in 1993.

In a meeting with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Tokyo, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wants to work with Mugabe, who chaired the African Union last year, to help with Japan’s push to reform the UN Security Council.

The purpose of the conference is “to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners.” Japan has stressed the importance of “Africa’s ownership” of its development as well as of the “partnership” between Africa and the international community.

The last meeting held in 2013 was the most heavily attended of the TICAD events. There were 51 African nations (all except Somalia), 17 African organizations, 12 Asian nations, 22 donor nations, and 55 international organizations, with a total of about 2,500 delegates. These included 40 presidents or prime ministers of African countries.