Africa’s best-run cities revealed
from FERRIAL ARMANDO in Luanda, Angola
LUANDA, (CAJ News) – THREE cities, Praia, Kinondoni and Accra have been adjudged the best cities in the area of urban development in Africa.
The cities, which are in Cape Verde, Tanzania and Ghana respectively have been announced the winners of the José Eduardo dos Santos African Mayor Awards, named after the Angolan President.
The winning cities will receive prize money totaling $350 000 for specific initiatives.
Praia will receive US$50 000 for winning in the Small City category, while Kinondoni (Medium City) will get $100 000 with Accra (Large City) receiving $200 000.
These awards acknowledge the leadership and contribution made by Mayors of large, medium and small cities and celebrate achievements and excellence in urban development.
Angola’s Minister of State and Chief of Civil House in the office of the President, Edeltrudes Maurício Fernandes Gaspar da Costa, hosted the formal presentation ceremony attended by more than 350 guests.
The awards took place in conjunction with the two-day second Africa Urban Infrastructure Investment Forum held until Thursday in Luanda.
Speaking at the ceremony, the awards organiser and Publisher of African Business magazine, Omar Ben Yedder, said that the African Mayor Awards recognised, celebrated and rewarded city leaders or Governors who were helping transform Africa’s growing metropolises.
“The winning cities tonight are being led by individuals who are showing essential leadership qualities as they help build cities that work.
“And we will need more exemplary leadership, good governance and innovative thinking, whilst paying close attention to our culture and way of living when dreaming of the cities of tomorrow.
“Our leaders need to be close to the people, and our winners tonight are demonstrating these qualities.”
– CAJ News
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