President Kenyatta says LG authorities are indispensable leaders in enhancing the role of intermediary cities

The Africities 9 Summit is organized by the Pan-African Organization of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) which will take place from May 17 to 21, 2022, under the theme: The Role of Intermediate Cities of Africa in the Implementation the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the African Union Agenda 2063.

“As we continue to realize the shift towards a new paradigm, we must bear in mind that Africa is urbanizing as a result. Our development plans must be in step with rural-urban migration and this requires planning appropriate,” President Kenyatta said, while addressing the approximately 8,000 delegates from Africa and around the world.

He said the challenges of “our time” are to ensure that Africa’s intermediary cities grow and respond to people’s needs.

Local government authorities in The Gambia, led by the president of the Gambia Association of Local Government Authorities (GALGA), are attending the summit in their efforts to create international partnerships for development.

President Kenyatta is convinced that Africa can prosper and adequately meet the urgent needs of its people when there is unity and collaboration between countries, cities and people at different levels.

The Gambia’s participation in the Africities 9 Summit will provide opportunities for local governments to be recognized on the African continent and beyond, which can foster the achievement of increased networking and partnership with other communities. communities in Africa and beyond.

The realization of a choice and a desire to strengthen the role of local authorities in the development of the continent, Africities aims to build the integration and unity of Africa from its territories. The Africities summit is the largest democratic gathering organized in Africa.

Commenting on the summit, GALGA Chairman and Acting Chairman of Mansakonko Regional Council, Landing B. Sanneh explained that local government authorities in The Gambia are now more united than ever in their commitment to networking and s partner with other local government leaders on the African continent and beyond. towards the transformation of our various local authorities.

Mr. Sanneh said that with the strong presence of local government leaders from The Gambia at the summit for the first time, there is no doubt that they trust networking, partnership and experience sharing as a tool to Bringing The Gambia closer to global development and transforming cities. .

Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLGA, said they rank African states based on their attention to local government development, saying the realities of the African continent are reflected in how “we treat our cities”. “Our people most deserve health, education and other opportunities to empower them to embrace change on their own.”

Maimuna Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat, said that by 2050, 50% of the world’s people will live in urban cities and today more than 64% of people live in informal settlements.” Our engagement with more than 30 communities in Africa holds great potential to make the world a beacon of hope and development.

Alongside the lectures that will be held during the summit, the Africities exhibition which was also inaugurated by President Kenyatta on Tuesday, will be held alongside the lectures portion and will consist of 5,000 square meters of exhibition space with between 150 and 200 exhibitors from Africa and other continents, including country pavilions, institutional pavilions and stands dedicated to public or private companies; B2B meetings.

James Ongwae, the current Governor of Kisi County Government, believes the theme of the summit echoes Kenya’s commitment to the development of its cities, saying one of Africa’s great challenges is growth. of its cities and that governments at the central level must rethink to take advantage of the opportunities. “To address the challenges, Kenya developed urban development in 2016 as part of the response to the SDG targets for an Africa we want by 2063.”

Governor Ongwae called on delegates to reflect on the need to operate and finance urban cities; the need to formulate urban policies, the need to strengthen urban city leadership, and the need for cities to adopt climate-smart technologies.

UCLG Africa President Christine Mba Ndutume said the Africities summit will bring success to the African continent and unite leaders to focus on meeting the urgent needs of the people.

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