The approaching sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad VI) will help strengthen Africa-Japan ties, Japanese embassy Deputy Chief of Mission in Kenya Mikio Mori has said.

The conference, the first on African soil, will be held in Nairobi beginning August 27th to 28th.

Speaking at St Lucy's High School for the visually impaired during the official opening of a Sh7 million dormitory on Friday in Meru, Mr Mori said Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be among the dignitaries attending the summit.

"It holds historic significance from the viewpoints of strengthening ties between Japan and Africa. We sincerely look forward to having Japanese and African leaders on the soil of this beautiful country. I hope the move will help all African nations improve their development strategies," he said.

The event is expected to attract more than 6,000 participants from Africa and Japan, and various international organisations.