Johannesburg to host the seventh Africities Summitby MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – PREPARATIONS for the seventh Africities Summit scheduled for Johannesburg later this year have begun.
More than 5 000 delegates and visitors from across the continent and beyond who have a keen interest in issues of African local government will converge.
Members of the Diplomatic Corps have met in the city in a special sitting to mobilise support and commitment for the event, which is scheduled for November 29 to December 3.
Organised by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA), and held every three years.
The summit brings together elected local and regional officials from all over the continent to identify policy approaches that encourage sustainable development of African cities and local government.
Secretary General of UCLGA, Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, says that the theme for the summit requires governments to define the vision and the role that local government will play towards the development of a new and better Africa by 2063, when Africa will be celebrating 100 years as a free continent.
The summit’s central theme is anchored as – “Shaping the future of Africa with the people: The contribution of African local authorities to AGENDA 2063 of the African Union.”
“As a layer of government closest to the people, it is important for local governments to begin building a capable, efficient and effective local government system that changes the quality of life of the one billion citizens of Africa,” Mbassi added.
“Rising citizen activism demands a participatory democracy and Africities is that opportunity for local leaders and stakeholders to convene, collaborate and cross pollinate ideas to drive economic vitality for their regions.”
The Africities Summit is a platform whereby African local authorities exchange ideas on how to improve development in their level of government.
Johannesburg’s Executive Mayor, Parks Tau, said stakeholders have to make decisions about urbanisation and related infrastructure.
“If we need to co-exist with the environment and thrive as a community,” he said.
– CAJ News
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