Africities 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya: We Are There! (PRESS RELEASE)

One month before the 9th edition of the Africities Summit scheduled to take place on May 17 to 21, 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya, the program of sessions is complete. 170 sessions were recorded for this edition placed under the High Patronage of His Excellency, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya. The theme chosen for the summit is: “The role of intermediary cities in Africa in the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and of the African Union´s Agenda 2063”.

Organized every 3 years over a 5-day period, alternately in the different regions of Africa, the Africities Summit is the largest democratic gathering organized on the African continent. This flagship event of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) organized in partnership with the Government of Kenya, the Council of Governors of Kenya (CoG), and the County of Kisumu will for the very first time be held in an intermediary city.

Distinguished personalities are expected to attend the gathering in Kisumu and take an active part in the main dialogue platform on decentralization and local governance, which brings together African ministers; as well as mayors, leaders and elected representatives of local authorities; civil society organizations; traditional authorities; representatives of the African Diaspora; actors from the world of economics; experts, researchers and academics; financial institutions, as well as development partners.

The President of the Republic of Senegal, H.E. Mr. Macky Sall, accepted the invitation of the organizing committee to participate in the summit in his capacity as current President of the African Union (AU). Invitations to participate were sent to the following personalities: H.E. Mr. Mohamadou Issoufou, former President of the Republic of Niger; H.E. John F. Kerry, former United States Secretary of State, President’s Special Envoy for Climate; Ms. Amina J. Mohamed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations; Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Ms. Maimuna Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Ms. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA); Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB); Prof. Benedict Oramah, Chairman of Afreximbank; Mr. Samuel Eto’o, President of the Cameroon Football Federation; and Mr. Didier Drogba, former Ivorian international footballer.

“I am delighted to officially announce that the city of Kisumu will host the largest Africities summit ever held in Kenya.”, said His Excellency, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, on June 01, 2021 in Kisumu

The Summit has so far recorded more than 3,000 participants already registered to take part in the 5 days of reflection around the theme of the summit, organized within the framework of thematic sessions, sessions on local policies and strategies, and the political segment of the Summit. Africities 9 also consists of specific days organized on the major topics that mobilize the attention of mayors and leaders of local governments on the continent, namely Climate Day; Diaspora and Afro- descendants Day; Digital Day; Culture Day; Urban Planning Day; Housing Day; Women’s Day; Youth Day; as well as the Africities Trade and Investment Forum. As part of the Summit, the International Exhibition of Cities and Local Governments will also be held. The Africities Exhibition offers institutions, economic

operators, academia and research, as well as civil society organizations the opportunity to exhibit their experiences, know-how, methods, tools and products in response to requests and needs in terms of support to local authorities for the implementation of their mandates The Africities Exhibition also makes it possible to organize B2B meetings with local authorities, which could possibly lead to the signing of contracts between protagonists. The Africities 9 summit will also serve as a framework for the elective General Assembly aimed at designating the members of the organization’s governing bodies. Indeed, the elective General Assembly of UCLG Africa will be held on May 19, 2022, preceded on May 18 by the general assemblies of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) and of the Network of Young Local Elected Officials of Africa (YELO). As icing on the cake, it is planned to organize a conversation between the former heads of State, honorary members of UCLG Africa and the young elected representatives of local governments of Africa, concerning their involvement in the African renaissance, given the lessons to draw from the experience of former African leaders. This conversation is scheduled for May 20 in the afternoon.

See the Africities 9 Summit official promotional spot (Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2waKnrDdKo )
Discover Kisumu on video (Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44dY7Xm_jnM ).
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Press contact: Gaëlle Yomi: media@africities.org

ACP-EU Culture Programme – Créer en Afrique centrale: the second call for proposals is open

After the launch in March 2021 of its first call for proposals which funded 10 projects, the ACPEU Culture –Créer en Afrique centrale Programme is launching a second call to support initiatives aimed at strengthening the role of CCIs as economic, social and cultural actors, in order to increase the economic revenues of the creative sector, to promote the creation of sustainable jobs linked to the cultural sector as well as to improve the accessibility, recognition and valorisation of Central African artists and their works.
This call is open to organisations legally registered in one of the following countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and São Tomé and Principe. Applicants are invited to form partnership with at least one other entity in the sub-region, other ACP countries or European.

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Deadline: 6 June 2022.

 

Launch of the partnership project between the Provincial Council (PC) of Tiznit in Morocco and the City of Shomolu-Bariga of Lagos State in Nigeria

On 04 April 2022, the African Academy of Local Government (ALGA) of UCLG Africa facilitated the launching ceremony of the partnership project between the Provincial Council (PC) of Tiznit in Morocco and the City of Shomolu-Bariga of Lagos State in Nigeria. The partnership focuses on “Promoting Social, Inclusive and Resilient Governance through the promotion of Solidarity Tourism”.

The online meeting was attended by the Governor of Tiznit, representatives of the DGCT, the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Prefectural and Provincial Councils (AMPCPP), UCLG Africa and the International Governance Institute (IIG). This partnership project falls within the framework of the African Support Fund for International Decentralized Cooperation (AFIDC) of the General Directorate of Moroccan Local Authorities of the Ministry of the Interior of the Kingdom of Morocco.

This project targets solidarity tourism actors, territorial institutional actors, training structures in the field of tourism and civil society actors. The project employs 150 people directly with 15 new projects created and 2000 people indirectly:

– the existing tourist projects on the territory are accompanied and the good practices are implemented

– new projects are set up and local populations are fully involved

– communities, especially men, are committed to supporting women’s rights and breaking stereotypes.

 

Ms. Asmaa Rhlalou: Making Rabat a cultural, innovative and connected capital

The month of March was not exclusively marked by the celebration of the International Women’s Day at the Rabat City Hall. The municipality led by Ms. Asmaa Rhlalou was also deployed on two other major events for the Moroccan capital: the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Rabat’s inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List (March 25, 2022) and the launch of a pilot operation to test an electric urban bus (March 11, 2022). The first 100% electric bus to operate in Rabat, this pilot experiment could lead to the partial electrification of the fleet of buses operated by the “City of Light”. This ecological orientation reinforces Rabat’s reputation as a “green city”, which already benefits from vast urban and peri-urban green spaces, as well as a green belt covering 1,063 hectares

First woman elected mayor on September 24, 2021, Asmaa Rhlalou and her team aim to invest in the implementation of innovative projects such as electric buses to improve the daily lives of the population. Since taking office, she has placed particular emphasis on the communication by making information from her council available on the city council’s  YouTube channel, which was created in December 2021, as well as the Facebook page and Twitter account.  As a journalist by profession, this component could not fail to be in line with her action plan. Her program also included the creation of local development companies (LDCs) in several sectors.

On the cultural component, the city of Rabat is committed to “the restoration, the rehabilitation, the enhancement, the promotion and the influence of its precious and rich heritage,” said the mayor of the capital in her address on March 25. For 2022, at the central state level, the city of Rabat has been designated the cultural capital of the Islamic world by The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO). A designation that adds to the one made by the local governments of Africa who have chosen Rabat as the first African Capital of Culture (ACC) for the launch of this program initiated by UCLG Africa. The launch is scheduled for 2022.

Express Bio

Asmaa Rhlalou was born in Rabat where she made a career as a journalist. Editor of the daily newspaper l’Opinion (Economic Desk) since 1997, Asmaa Rhlalou holds a PhD in Economics and Business Law from the University of Perpignan in France (2006). She started her political career in the Istiqlal Party (IP) from 1997 to 2007. Then she became a member of the National Council of the National Rally of Independents. She was elected as an RNI deputy during the legislative quinquennium (2016-2021) on the national list reserved for women in the House of Representatives. During that term, Asmaa Rhlalou was a member of the Finance and Economic Development Committee, before serving as secretary in the lower house bureau. Rhlalou is also a member of the World Water Council, an associative actor in the issues of women in vulnerable situations and vice-president of the International Festival of Arts and Culture in Rabat.

Sources : 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5

 

Road to Africities 9: The big interview with… M. Sule Salifu, Mayor de Tamale (Ghana): “This Summit must be an avenue for sharing experience and best practices among the leadership of the various cities “

In the run-up to the Africities 9 summit scheduled for 17 to 21 May 2022 in Kisumu (Kenya), under the theme: “The contribution of African intermediary cities to the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the African Union’s Agenda 2063”, UCLG Africa is conducting a serie of interviews with mayors of intermediary cities on the continent. For this third issue our guest is Mr. Sule Salifu, Mayor of Tamale (Ghana). The mayor relies on the youth of his population to achieve and maintain strong economies based on industry, agriculture and services.  For him, Africities Summit is a unique opportunity to share experience and best practices among leaders of different cities, to network with colleagues and development partners, and to attract investment to his city, either through direct investment or through public-private partnership agreements.

Watch the video or read the interview.

Can you introduce your city?  

My name is Sule Salifu, Tamale Metropolitan Assembly Chief Executive. Tamale became the capital town of the then Northern territories of Ghana in 1907, during the colonial era. Due to its central location, Tamale serves as a hub for all administrative and commercial activities in the Northern territory. Even though the northern territory has now been split into five regions, Tamale remains the capital of the current Northern region. Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, together with its adjoining Assembly, forms the greater Tamale, third largest city in Ghana that is said to be the fastest growing in the West African sub region. It has a combined population of 716,455 according to the 2021 population housing and census of Ghana. It is a cosmopolitan city with a fair blend of peri-urban and rural communities which are mainly agrarian. With its youthful population of about 40%, the metropolis has the potential of achieving and sustaining solid industrial, agricultural and service-driven economies, as the largest urban center in Northern Ghana that is also centrally located along an important route that links Ghana key cities along the North-South economic development corridor and the cross-border to Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, the city has witnessed strong urbanization growth, though increasingly accompanied with urbanization challenges including traffic, urban sprawl and infrastructure management. It has tremendous opportunities. Tamale city has the essential infrastructure for both air and road connectivity, making it an ideal location to be positioned as a service hub. It has educational institutions, hospitals, several banks, telecommunication networks and logistics related to transportation of goods to and from Burkina Faso and beyond. These make the city a natural center for domestic and foreign investors, especially in the following industries: logistics, information, technology, medicine, education, hospitality and tourism. The most prominent tourist attractions in Tamale are the Damba and Fire Festivals, which are celebrated with pomp and pageantry with the display of traditional woven smokes adorned by both males and females.

Intermediate cities occupy a strategic place in Africa’s urbanization. By 2050, the majority of new urban dwellers will settle in cities of less than 500,000 inhabitants. How is your municipality preparing for this change? 

In order to cope with the new urban dwellers, the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly has developed a master plan known as Greater Tamale Metropolitan Area Structure Plan, which will help to address in an acceptable and orderly manner the challenges of the city and position it as the commercial educational industrial hub of the region in the northern parts of Ghana, and neighboring countries like Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. With this plan, we would effectively address the perennial devastating floods, sanitation, waste management, as well as transportation, water and sprawl issues associated with a rapidly expanding city. This city plan becomes a major investment promotion document. It is a broad and practical implementation document for government agencies in the planning and development of Tamale. As a systematically planned and consensus built document, it will ensure synergy of development in the short and long-term to transform Tamale and its environments.

Do you think that cities like yours receive enough attention from public policies? 

I must admit that cities like ours receive some attention from the government, though limited. For instance, the Ghana Urban Development Policy document is in place to guide the group of cities like Tamale. Also some funding, though inadequate, is provided through the urban development grants for the provision of municipal infrastructure and services to cope with the increasing population and its attendance effects.

The Africities 9 Summit Scheduled from 17 to 21 May 2022 in Kisumu (Kenya) places intermediate cities at the heart of the debate, with the theme: “The contribution of African intermediate cities to the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the African Union Agenda 2063”. What are your expectations for this meeting which brings together local authorities as well as financial institutions, civil society organizations and development partners at the continental and international levels?   

My expectations include the following: An avenue for sharing experience and best practices among the leadership of the various cities, an opportunity to network with colleagues and development partners, and marketing of my city to the outside world to attract investment either through direct investment or public-private partnership arrangements.

The global challenge of climate change can only be met through the territorialization of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). How is your municipality dealing with the consequences of climate change in the daily lives of your populations?   

The city of Tamale is equally affected by climate change, especially high temperature, deforestation, perennial flooding in some communities during heavy rains, and drought in some years. To deal with the consequences of climate change in the daily life of the population, the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, in partnership with development partners and private sectors have been dealing with the issues by the adoption of climate smart agriculture, reforestation of degraded land through the Green Ghana Initiative of the government, the use of renewable energy, development of urban road systems to include bicycle lanes in the metropolis for the many people who use bicycles as means of transport, waste management recycling and compositing plants being built to deal with liquid, medical and solid waste generated from the metropolis, construction of drains to reduce flooding the city, among others.

How can intermediate cities like yours contribute to national wealth creation, local economic development and local democracy?   

As an intermediate city, Tamale contributes to national wealth creation, local economic development and local democracy by serving as the link between the rural and urban population as the aggregation and distribution channel for goods to the needy areas, thereby enhancing the income of both populations, and by providing high quality services in the hospitality, education, medical and technology sectors to the residents and neighboring or surrounding communities and towns, as well as by being a hub for skills development, job creation and employment, and strengthening the Metropolitan Assembly Unit Committees and civil society organizations through training and capacity building so as to enhance local democracy or grassroots participation.

Intermediate cities play an important role in rapid urbanization in developing countries, balancing territories, providing services to surrounding populations, creating jobs and generating income, and mitigating rural migration, rather than large cities. Can you share with us your city’s experience on these aspects? 

As an intermediary city, Tamale attracts many people who are seeking job opportunities and skills development, resulting into its rapid urbanization. In view of this, there is an abundant skilled and unskilled workforce available for recruitment in any productive venture. Also, the city has better educational and health service facilities which are pool factors for many people in the city. The influx of people into the city for varied reasons have resulted in pressure being put on the social infrastructure and municipal services which place heavy burden on city authorities. Because of the springing up of urban slums in some communities, the authorities have to pull down buildings and remove structures to pave way for the construction of roads and lanes to take care of emergency situations when they do occur. With the new developing areas, the Building Inspectorate Unit of the Assembly ensures regular monitoring to avoid unplanned development in the city. The city has large markets that promote higher productivity and increase income for both producers and those in the value chain taking advantage of positive externalities and economies of scale.

 

 

9th World Water Forum-Roundtable of African Mayors: Action Plan for Water Security

During the Cities, Local and Regional Governments Day  on 23 March 2022, the OECD and the UCLG Africa launched the Roundtable of African Mayors for Water Security, gathering 80 mayors, local and regional elected officials. The Roundtable seeks to support water policy dialogues and reforms towards the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially the SDG 6 on “clean water and sanitation” for all. Mayors highlighted that climate change, urbanisation and population growth and migration will add further pressure on water resources in the African continent and that building capacity and mobilising finance is needed to make sure that drinking water and sanitation services are provided to all. Mayors and elected officials signed the Action Plan for Water Security that proposes concrete actions for local and regional governments to drive water security at all levels, towards the 10th World Water Forum to be held in 2024. Institutional partners and cities from all over the world, such as Paris (France), Lausanne (Switzerland) and Daegu (Korea) reiterated the message that decentralised cooperation is key to building capacities.
The “Water Merit Diploma” was awarded to the former OECD Secretary-General of the OECD, Angel Gurria, for playing an essential role in raising the international and African policy agenda on water. The Minister of Water and Sanitation of Senegal Serigne Mbaye Thiam concluded the Day by highlighting the importance of the Action Plan for Water Security in raising the voices of local authorities in the global debate and towards the UN 2023 Water Decade Conference. (+)

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The President of the Republic of Senegal, HEM. Macky Sall will participate in the Africities 9 Summit in Kisumu (Kenya, 17-21 May 2022) 

A delegation of UCLG Africa was received in audience on 23 March 2022 by His Excellency Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal. The delegation was led by the President of UCLG Africa, Mrs. Christine Mba Ndutume, Mayor of Libreville in the presence of Mrs. Macoura Dao Coulibaly, President of the Network of Local Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o,Governor of Kisumu, Mrs. Therese FAYE DIOUF, Mayor of Diarrere (Senegal), Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa, and Mrs. Rhamatouca Dieye, Political Affairs Advisor of UCLG Africa.

The meeting served as a framework to present the progress of the preparations for the next Africities Summit scheduled from 17 to 21 May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya, and to extend an invitation to the Head of State of Senegal to take part in the meeting in his capacity as current President of the African Union (AU). President Sall accepted the invitation to participate in the 9th edition of the Africities Summit in Kisumu.

The audience was held on the sidelines of the participation of UCLG Africa in the 9th World Water Forum held in Dakar from 21 to 26 March 2022.

Southern Africa Regional Caucus of UCLG Africa: The Subnational and Local Governments of the region chose their representative for the governance bodies of UCLG Africa and expressed their rejection of xenophobia (PRESS RELEASE)

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) held its regional caucus for the Southern Africa Region, in Pretoria (South Africa), on 14 & 15 March 2022 at Capital Menlyn Maine Hotel.

9 out of the 10 countries of the Region participated in the meeting organized in collaboration with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA). These countries were represented by the Chairpersons and Permanent Secretaries of the National Associations of Subnational and Local Governments, as well as the Chairpersons of the country chapters of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), and a representative of young elected officials that should be part of the Network of young local elected officials (YELO).

The proceeding witnessed the presence of Ms. Thembisile Nkadimeng, Deputy Minister, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA); Cllr Bheki Stofile, President of SALGA; Mr. Jeffrey Sibisibi, President of the Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA) also Vice-President, UCLG Africa, Southern Africa Region; Mr. Joe Ager, Representative of  the Governor, Kisumu County in Kenya; and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, UCLG Africa.

For this fifth and last in a series of regional caucuses organized in preparation for the 9th edition of the Africities Summit to be held from 17 to 21 May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya, members benefited from an intensive informative session on Africa Territorial Agency (ATA), a special purpose vehicle to facilitate access of subnational and local governments to the financial market.  The session on ATA was held in hybrid mode and provided to  local authorities from other African regions the opportunity to participate in the discussions. A call was made to mobilize voluntary subnational and local governments to be part of the Club of  Founding Members of ATA, whose meeting is contemplated in the framework of the upcoming Africities Summit in Kisumu. The Founding Members of ATA  are the 100 subnational and local governments that volunteer to participate in ATA cooperative society by contributing 100,000 euros each in order to collect 10 million euros that will represent 50.1% of the ATA capital, making it a tool controlled by the beneficiaries of its lending activities.

The caucus also addressed the political priorities that the Southern Africa Region wishes to debate during the Africities proceedings. It also discussed and agree on key questions that the leaders of subnational and local governments of the Southern Africa Region propose to ask to ministers and to development partners in order to improve of their delivery capacity, and in particular for the implementation of the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda and of Agenda 2063 in intermediary cities of Africa. The leaders of subnational and local governments of the Region also discussed their contribution to the special events to be held during the Summit, namely: the Climate Day; the Diaspora Day; the Culture Day; the Digital Day; the Urban Development Day; the Housing Day; the Women’s Day; the Youth Day; and the Africities investment Forum.  The Regional caucus asked also to launch a reflection at Africities in Kisumu on the role of cities and territories in the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The participants also issued a strong declaration against xenophobia. “We, the leaders of subnational local governments in Southern Africa gathered in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, under the auspices of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), the Pan African Organization of local and regional governments, observe with grave concern the unprecedented and unacceptable growing actions against migrants carried out in the country with more planned in the coming weeks”. (Read the full declaration here).

The other aim of the caucus was also to designate the candidates of the Southern Africa Region on the governing bodies of UCLG Africa, REFELA, and YELO to be elected during the General Assemblies of these entities scheduled during the Africities Summit in May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya. The Southern Africa region has designated its 9 candidates to sit on the Pan-African Council of Local Authorities, which has 45 members in total (9 per region); its 3 candidates to sit on the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa, which has 15 members in total (3 per region), and its candidate on the UCLG Africa Presidency, which has 5 members, (one Vice-President per region). The same process was followed for REFELA and YELO. The caucus also designated the candidate of the region to be among the 5 members of the Financial Management Committee of UCLG Africa, and the representative of the region on the Electoral Commission set up to supervise the electoral operations for each of the above entities (UCLG Africa; REFELA; YELO). The caucus also designated the candidate from the Southern Africa Region to run for the position of UCLG World Co-President.

Hereafter are the nominees on the different bodies of UCLG Africa, REFELA, and YELO and UCLG World.

CANDIDATES OF SOUTHERN AFRICA REGION ON THE UCLG AFRICA GOVERNING BODIES

 

PAN AFRICAN COUNCIL
Organization Nominated Alternate Member
1 Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA) Zimbabwe Local Government Association
2 South Africa Local Government Association (SALGA) Eswatini Local Government Association
3 City of Kwe Kwe ANAMM  – Associação Nacional dos Municípios de Moçambique
4 Association of Local Authorities of Namibia (ALAN) City of Livingstone
5 Malawi Local Government Association (MALGA) City of Windhoek
6 City of Matsapha – Eswatini Lesotho Association of Local Authorities (LALA)
7 City of Massinga – Mozambique Angola Association of Local Authorities
8 Lesotho Association of Local Authorities (LALA) City of Gaborone
9 Local Government Association of Zambia (LGAZ) City of Ethekwini (Durban)
Executive Committee
1 Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA) Zimbabwe Local Government Association
2 South Africa Local Government Association (SALGA) Eswatini Local Government Association
3 City of Kwe Kwe, Zimbabwe ANAMM  – Associação Nacional dos Municípios de Moçambique
Vice President of the Southern Africa Region
Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA)
Financial Management Committee
Malawi Local Government Association (MALGA) City of Windhoek
Electoral Commission
City of Mbabane – Eswatini
CANDIDATE FOR UCLG World CO-PRESIDENT
Cllr Bhekhe STOFILE

President – South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

Result of the REFELA Caucus

The 9 candidates from the Southern Africa Region for the Pan-African Council of REFELA 

  Office holder Substitute
1 Municipio Mandlakazi (Mozambique) Assemblea BOANE (Mozambique)
2 Lobatse Town Council (Botswana) South East Council (Botswana)
3  Otjiwarongo Municipality (Namibia) TBD
4 Lilongwe City (Malawi) TBD
5 Maseru City Council (Lesotho) Maseru City Council (Lesotho)
6 Lufwanyama District Council (Zambia) Shangombo Town Council (Zambia)
7 Lupane Municipality (Zimbabwe) Murewa  (RDC)
8 Ezulwini Municipality (Eswatini) TBD
9 Ms. Flora Maboa Boltman (South Africa) Chairperson of SALGA Women’s Commission (South Africa)

The 3 candidates from Southern Africa Region to sit on the REFELA Board

Office holder
1 Lobatse Town Council (Botswana)
2 Municipio Mandlakazi (Mozambique)
3 Lufwanyama District Council (Zimbabwe)

Candidates

  Regional Vice-President of REFELA
1 Municipio Mandlakazi (Mozambique)
  Electoral Commission
1 Ezulwini Municipality (Eswatini)

Result of the YELO Caucus

The 9 candidates from Southern Africa Region for the YELO Pan-African Council

  Office holder Substitute
1 Chipata City (Zambia) TBD
2 Berea Kanana Council (Lesotho) TBD
3 Chegutu  (Zimbabwe) TBD
4 Blantyre (Malawi) TBD
5 Pigg’s Peak (Eswatini) TBD
6 TBD (Mozambique) TBD
7  TBD (South Africa) TBD
8 TBD (Botswana) TBD
9 TBD (Namibia) TBD

The 3 candidates of Southern Africa Region for the YELO Board

Office holder Substitute
1 Chipata City (Zambia) TBD
2 Chegutu  (Zimbabwe) TBD
3 Blantyre (Malawi) TBD

 

  Regional Vice-President of YELO
1 Chipata City (Zambia)

 

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Declaration of the Leaders of Subnational local governments of Southern Africa Region Against Xenophobia

RESURGENCE OF XENOPHOBIC UPRISINGS

We, the leaders of subnational local governments in Southern Africa gathered in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, under the auspices of the United Cities and Local Governments, Africa (UCLG Africa), a Pan African Organisation of local and regional governments, observe with grave concern the unprecedented and unacceptable growing action against migrants carried out in the country with more planned in the coming weeks.

Noting the challenge pertaining to migrants legal or illegal are as diverse and contestable as are issues pertaining to nationhood, nationalism and citizenship.

Cognisant of the African Union goal of uniting and promoting solidarity among Africans as conceived in the Organisation of African Unity Charter and indeed espoused by the African Union Agenda 2063;

Recognizing the UCLG Africa Charter on Migration adopted at the Africities Summit of Marrakech, Morocco on 21 November 2018

Recognizing that migration and the displacement of populations are historical and global phenomena that affect the entire planet, including Africa, where nearly 50 million people are considered as migrant or displaced;

We note with concern and disappointment, the simmering tensions driven by divisive rhetoric that seeks to exploit deep seated levels of inequality, poverty, and unemployment affecting many South Africans as a basis to justify an organized and unlawful hostile campaign against foreigners.

As united members of Southern Africa region, united in our diversity, we firmly and unequivocally condemn this mobilisation as it devours the values upon which the continent is founded .

All forms of xenophobic violence and discrimination against migrants both on the Africa continent and in other regions. In this regard, any public official or citizen who makes racist or xenophobic statements against migrants or who is involved in smuggling and in human trafficking must immediately be brought before the competent authorities;

We Advocate for

Solidarity among African countries in promoting tolerance for displaced persons and humane treatment of fellow Africans;

The cessation of divisive Afrophobic practices that tend to position fellow Africans from other African countries as unwanted migrants;

Cooperation and dignified treatment of fellow migrant Africans;

The free movement of people on the continent;

Working together to sensitize the general population on the challenges faced by migrants with a view of extending humanitarian assistance to such persons and eliminating xenophobia attacks, promoting respect and acceptance.

 

Pretoria to host the Southern Africa Regional Caucus of UCLG Africa  (PRESS RELEASE)

On 14 & 15 March 2022, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is holding a regional caucus for the members of the Southern Africa Region in Pretoria (South Africa) at Capital Menlyn Maine hotel, in collaboration with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).

This is the fifth and the last in a series of regional caucuses organized in preparation for the 9th Africities Summit to be held from 17 to 21 May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya. The theme of the Summit is: «The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the Implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063 ».

The caucus brings together the chairpersons and permanent secretaries of the national associations of subnational and local governments of Southern Africa countries, as well as the chairpersons of the country chapters of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) and a representative of young elected officials aged of 35 and below that are going to be part of the Network of young local elected officials (YELO).

The caucus will offer the UCLG Africa members from the Southern Africa Region the opportunity to reflect on their participation in the upcoming Summit, going through the agenda of the Summit and highlighting their contribution on priority issues being discussed during the Summit, particularly at the special events mentioned in the program, namely, the Climate Day; the Diaspora Day; the Culture Day; the Digital Day; the Urban Development Day; the Housing Day; the Women’s Day; the Youth Day; and the Africities investment Forum.

The Africities Summit will be the framework for the organization of the next elective general assembly of UCLG Africa, REFELA and YELO. The caucus is therefore expected to designate the candidates of the Southern Africa Region on the different bodies of UCLG Africa, REFELA and YELO.

The region must nominate: 9 candidates among the 45 members of the UCLG Africa Pan-African Council elected from among the members of the general assembly; 3 candidates among the 15 members of the UCLG Africa Executive Committee elected from among the members of the Pan African Council; 1 candidate among the 5 members of the UCLG Africa Financial Management Commission from among the members of the Pan African Council; 1 Vice President among the 5 members of the Presidency elected from among the members of the Executive Committee, and possibly 1 candidate for the position of President of UCLG Africa elected from among the UCLG Africa Vice Presidents. The nomination of office bearers for the REFELA and YELO bodies will follow the same process.

Members will also address the presence of the Southern Africa Region at the Africities Business Exhibition that will allow institutions, academia, the private sector, cooperation agencies to showcase their know-how, methods and tools, products in response to the mandates of subnational and local governments.

The official opening of the proceedings will be done by representative of the Ministry Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), during the opening ceremony to be held on 14 March in the presence of:

  • Cllr Bheki Stofile, Chairperson, South African Local Government Association (SALGA),
  • Mr. Jeffrey Sibisibi, Vice-President, UCLG Africa, Southern Africa Region,
  • Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, UCLG Africa.

National and international media in Pretoria are invited to cover the opening ceremony scheduled on Monday, 14 March 2022 at 10 am at Capital Menlyn Maine hotel.

Press contact:

Gaëlle Yomi: Tel: +212 06 10 56 71 45

E-mail: gyomi@uclga.org

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