Preparations continue for Africities 2015
By SAVIOUS KWINIKA
City leaders from around Southern Africa gathered in Pretoria, to prepare for the critical summit set from November 29 to December 3 at the Sandton Convention Centre.
Speaking at the Southern Africa Regional Seminar of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) Johannesburg City Manager, Trevor Fowler, said that with 101 days till the summit, Johannesburg had designed the Africities summit in such a way to link up with Johannesburg’s thinking on the long-term future of African local government issues.
Fowler said the pace of urbanisation in Africa was unrivalled globally.
“Rapid urban growth at early stages of development has meant that people have been concentrating in urban areas without the accompanying investment to reap the expected economic benefits of agglomeration. And governments have been less able to manage negative externalities,” he said.
Jean Pierre Elong-Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLGA, said the freshly updated ‘Agenda 2063’, discussed at the recent AU summit in June, sent a strong message of the Africa envisioned in the future.“It spurs all of Africa’s people to play an active role to ensure a positive socio- economic transformation of Africa within the 50 years
ahead,” said Elong-Mbassi.
Africities will lead the way in establishing the African Union High Council of Local Authorities.
The statute to establish the council is currently in draft form, and Elong-Mbassi says there was a strong push from his organisation to make the council a reality by the end of 2016. More than a 1 000 mayors are expected to join the seventh Africities
– CAJ News
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