Seminar of the Chief Financial Officers of African Cities

25 to 28 September 2013, Rabat (Morocco)

From 25 to 28 September 2013 was held in Rabat, at Chellah Hotel – on the sidelines of the 4th  UCLG World Congress -, the first International Seminar of the CFOs of African cities

, organized by UCLG Africa in partnership with the UCLG Local Finance and Development Committee, with a view to promoting peer learning and improving significantly the financial management of local governments in Africa.

This seminar pursued several objectives. The first objective was to mobilize local finance practitioners in Africa so as to involve them in the setting up of an observatory on local finance in Africa, which would serve as a system of reference at the national, regional and international levels. The establishment of this observatory requires an agreement on the system of collecting, updating and analysis of the financial data from the local governments with a view to publishing notably ratio guides. The observatory will also help to conduct a comparative approach promoting benchmarking of performances in the management of local finance in the different regions  of Africa. The seminar enabled participants to gain training in the use of PEFA (Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability) as a financial analysis tool for the local governments, and whose use was recommended for the major African cities.

Furthermore, the seminar explored the different modalities to prepare the local governments to  access borrowing and the capital markets.

At the end of the proceedings, the CFOs of African cities decided to set up a network termed: AFRICA FINET (Network of CFOs and United Cities and Local Governments of Africa), and adopted the Rules and Regulations. They also set up a Bureau whose President is Ms. Ouafae MOUNIATI, Chief Financial Officer of Marrakech, Morocco.

The official launching of the Network was scheduled to take place on 03 October 2013, at the UCLG Africa stand within the institutional pavilion of the Rabat 2013 Exhibition, during the presentation ceremony of the publication on the evaluation of the institutional environment of African cities co-edited by Cities Alliance and UCLG Africa.

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The Platforma Seminar

30 September and 1 October 2013, Rabat (Morocco)

The European Voice of Local and Regional Authorities for Development, organized Platforma on 30 September and 1 October 2013, in Rabat, at Le Diwan Hotel, a seminar on Dialogue and Capacity Development for the  Local and Regional Authorities in the Maghreb , in the areas of Development and Local Governance.

During the seminar, which was attended by about sixty participants including several mayors and representatives of Local and Regional Governments of Maghreb, such as the Mayor of Nouakchott, the Deputy Mayor of Rabat and the President of the Network of Local Elected Women of Africa (NLEWA), several themes were addressed and were the subject of fruitful exchanges, notably on the new Communication for Local Authorities published by the European Commission in May 2013, governance and the post 2015 agenda, and the inclusion of the local level, particularly with regard to the gender issues.

Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi , Secretary General of UCLG Africa, on behalf of his organization contributed to the coordination of exchanges on the highly important content of the new communication of the European Commission for Local Authorities.

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Meeting with the Diplomatic Corps Accredited in Morocco

Rabat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

10 July 2013

The Secretary General, UCLG-A attended an information meeting of the Diplomatic Corps Accredited in Morocco held on 10 July 2013, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco.

This meeting follows a previous one held on 8 July 2013 at the Rabat City Hall with the African Ambassadors. The reason of the meeting was the organization of the 4th UCLG World Congress that the city of Rabat will host on October 1-4 2013.




The theme of the congress is “Imagine society, Build democracy”. This theme will be developed around two plenaries and 5 roundtables. The congress will also be the opportunity to celebrate one century of the world municipal movement.

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Mission of UCLG Africa at the World Bank

UCLG Africa president and Dakar mayor, Mr. Khalifa Ababacar Sall, led a mission of the UCLG Africa leadership to Washington DC from the 19th to the 21st August.

On the first day of this mission, organized by the Cities Alliance, the UCGL Africa delegation participated in a working session with the Cities Alliance secretariat.

On the following day, the delegation participated in several meetings with representatives of the Urban Development and Services Unit of the Africa Region (AFTUS), the World Bank Institute (WBI) and the Finance, Economics and Urban Development, Sustainable Network.

On the last day of this mission, the delegation led by Mr. Sall held a meeting with representatives of the Africa Disaster Risk Management Unit. This meeting was followed by a wrap-up session with the Cities Alliance Secretariat. During this meeting, the representatives of both organizations made several decisions regarding the partnership between UCLG Africa and the Cities Alliance.

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State of African Cities Report 2014 – Editorial Board Meeting

Nairobi, 5-7 August 2013

A UCLG-A delegation led by the secretary general, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, and the program manager, Mr. Charles Patsika, participated in the State of African Cities Report (SACR) 2014 editorial board meeting at UN Habitat Headquarters at Gigiri, Nairobi, on 5-7 August 2013.

The meeting reviewed the regional chapters of the report for each region of Africa. It was agreed that the authors would make efforts to incorporate all the corrections at their soonest convenience.


The official launching of the SACR 2014 would take place during the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government scheduled in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, on 24-31 January 2014.


Meeting with the African Diplomatic Corps at the City Hall of Rabat – Morocco

Rabat, 8 July 2013

On July 8th, 2013, the UCLG-A Secretary General took part in a meeting of the African diplomatic corps accredited in Morocco that was held at the City Hall of Rabat.

The main agenda item of the meeting was centered around the organization of the 4th UCLG Congress in Rabat on 1-4 October 2013, on the theme “Imagine society, Build democracy”.The meeting was introduced by the Mayor of Rabat, Mr. Fathallah Oualalou, President of the “Association Rabat 2013”, and gathered several African diplomats. Participants discussed the events anticipated in conjunction with the Congress such as a meeting of major African cities to be organized by UCLG Africa.



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GOLD III Steering Committee Meeting

Barcelona, 4-5July 2013

The Secretary General of UCLG Africa Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi participated in the meeting of the GOLD Report III to be published during the 4th UCLG Congress from October, 1st to 4th 2013 in Rabat, Morocco.

The meeting included regional authors, experts, and representatives of UCLG and its partners. The meeting oversaw and discussed the outcomes and conclusions and recommendations of each of the 7 regional chapters and of the Metropolitan chapter. Among the key findings are the importance of investment in basic services and their infrastructure and the crucial role of local governments in the delivery of these services.


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UCLG Africa at the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank, Marrakesh, Morocco, 27-31 May 2013

Side-event on the development of an instrument for the funding of urban investments in Africa 

On 29 May 2013, a side event on the theme “Towards a sub-national instrument for the funding of urbanization: Funding local governments, new opportunities for Africa,” ​was ​held in the framework of the 48th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank in Marrakesh, Morocco. This side-event was co-organized by the African Development Bank (ORPC1 and OIVP departments) and UCLG Africa, with the support of the UCLG Local Finance & Development Committee (LFDC).

The side-event brought together about one hundred participants, including staff members of the AfDB departments in charge of the implementation of the bank’s urban development strategy, experts, elected officials and decision makers of local governments in Africa as well as partners engaged in the support for urban development, including rating agencies, development partners, development banks, representatives of central and local governments, and representatives of the private sector and the media.

The side-event was chaired and moderated by Mr. Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa). It was marked by three highlights: (1) introductory presentations on the challenges of urbanization in Africa, AfDB proposals to take on these challenges, including through its urban development strategy, and presentation of the international experience in the area of ​​ urban investment funding, (2) A roundtable of mayors during which city officials fromvDakar, Rabat and Maputo presented their reactions to the introductory presentations and their recommendations to improve the funding of urban investments in African cities, (3) Recording of remarks and proposals from participants, including from the representatives of rating agencies, the experts from the Global Development Fund for Cities, and from the private sector.

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Meeting with Mr. Andris Piebalgs, Commissionner for Development European Union Commission

Brussels 26 June 2013

Brussels – On June 26th 2013, the European Union (EU) Commissioner Piebalgs received a delegation of UCLG Africa (UCLG-A) headed by Mrs. Moustache Belle Mayor of Victoria, Seychelles, member of the UCLG Africa executive committee. This meeting was organized following a request for appointment sent to Commissioner Piebalgs by UCLG-A president, Mr.Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar, Senegal.

UCLG-A Secretary General asserted UCLG-A’s intention to play the role of coordination platform between the EU and African local governments and their associations following the EU’s new communication on local authorities. UCLG-A representatives also voiced their local governments’ demands for more support from the EU’s African cooperation programs. Commissioner Piebalgs replied by welcoming this interest and promising a response during his attendance of the UCLG world congress in October 2013 in Rabat, Morocco.


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Territorial Coaching Program – June 2013

Territorial coaching, a program launched by UCLG Africa and Echos Communication, aims at pursuing the synergy among local actors to mobilize their respective potentials in order to solve a specific issue or to promote territorial sustainable development.

Territorial coaching focuses on the behavioral dimension of change processes in order for territorial players to embrace new attitudes supportive of a constructive dialogue that involves them, leading to new directions and situations that will enable them to overcome miscommunications and relational issues, as well as to get organized so as to take common actions and get positive results on the long run.

On Thursday May 30th and Friday May 31st 2013 in Salé (Morocco), the Territorial Coaching program team organized the 4th module of the “Territorial Coaches” training which was launched in February 2013 and goes on until September 2013.

To mark the 4th Module, around twenty Moroccan participants underwent role playing and real-life situations to experience the attitude of a territorial coach and the toolbox made available to well manage interventions in territories. It revolved around preparing our future territorial coaches for the interventions they’ll be making on the first few days after they return to their territories. These interventions will take place under the supervision of the Senior Coaches.

The last training module will unfold early July 2013 under the theme: “Management of difficult personalities”.

We wish plenty of courage and long life to our future first African territorial coaches.

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