5th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments

From 6 to 11 December 2021, the 5th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments (FAMI 5) was held at the Administrative and Cultural Complex MOHAMMED VI in Marrakech, Morocco.

This Forum was organized at the initiative of UCLG Africa through its African Local Government Academy (ALGA), in partnership with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (UN-DESA)/Division of Public Institutions and Digital Governance (DIPDG), the Directorate-General of  Territorial Collectivities (DGCT) of the Ministry of the Interior of Morocco, the Council of the Region of Marrakech-Safi , the Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech, the Association of Regions of Morocco (ARM), the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Councils of Prefectures and Provinces (AMPCPP) and the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Communal Councils (AMPCC), with the collaboration of the French Agency ADEME, Metropolis, ICESCO, and the Alliance for Smart Cities, IEEE.

Participants took part to the work of the FAMI in hybrid format, face-to-face, or through Zoom platform and Facebook Page of UCLG-Africa for participants who were unable to make it to Marrakech due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the 6 days of work, the Forum brought together more than 5.665 participants (in person or virtual) from 67 countries, including 46 African countries.

The theme of the Forum was: “The Digital and Smart Transformation of Local Africa:   Time to Act is Now!!!“.    

The Forum was opened with speeches from : Ms. Marie Christine Mba Ndutume, President of UCLG Africa, Mayor of Libreville, Ms. Zoubida Rouijel, Vice-President of the Council of the Marrakech-Safi Region, Moulay Lhassan Hbid, President of the Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech, Mr. Saad Benmbarek, President of the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Prefectural and Provincial Councils (AMPCPP), Mr. Mohamed Boudra, President of the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Communal Councils (AMPCC) and Honorary President of UCLG, Dr. John Mary Kauzya, Representative of UN-DESA/DPIDG, followed by several messages of Solidarity, Friendship and Support from UCLG Africa Partners.

More than 100 experiences and initiatives relating to the Digital World and Smart Cities in Africa and around the world were presented during the 5th  plenary sessions and the  14 workshops held during the Forum.

A multitude of other UCLG Africa Partners have supported this activity, in particular through the organization of Workshops and Webinars, the mobilization of speakers and participants, or the sharing and dissemination of  training Modules on the Digital World and e-learning.

In their opening remarks, the Organizers underlined the requirement for, and urgency of, digital transformation and the place to be given to Local and Regional Governments in achieving this vision.    

Faced with the observation that digital transformation is inevitable, participants were invited to reflect during the work on how to lay the groundwork for a vision and trajectory for a Digital transformation or transition that is at the service of populations, citizens, territories, and well-defined policies.

Four (4) key messages are to be retained from FAMI 5:

  1. There are more than 3 billion people in the world who are not connected to the Internet, and most of them are in Africa where there is a huge need for connectivity infrastructure without which Africa’s entry into the digital era risks being strongly delayed. Not to mention the prerequisite of access to energy.
  2. Infrastructure is not enough. The digital transformation needs talents without which it will not happen. The need for such talents in Africa is estimated at nearly 500,000 people in the next 3 years. This is a huge challenge for the cities and territories of Africa and a great opportunity for youth employment, provided that the right methods and the right tools are found and that the appropriate frameworks are put in place to promote the funding of initiatives in this area.
  3. Digital technologies must be approached as a tool in the service of a policy. This policy must be mindful of inclusiveness, sustainability, ethics, and humanity to be truly at the service of populations.
  4. Digital technologies must in particular be used to improve : knowledge of the functioning, planning and management of cities and territories through the collection of localized data ; the provision of services to populations, local democracy and citizen participation in the management of public affairs through the establishment of e-governance platforms ; the collection of own resources thanks to a better inventory of tax bases ; the promotion of the local economy, and the creation of economic activities and jobs, in particular for women and young people, among others.

The discussions held during the work led to the following recommendations:

  • The Need to define a roadmap for the implementation of digital transformation strategies for local governments in Africa taking into account their specific context, the state of their infrastructure, the means at their disposal, their vision, and the priorities of their policies, etc.
  • Identify, master, and adapt standards of excellence / indicators / digital standards and adapt them to the specific context of local Africa,
  • Identify all the actors and stakeholders by collaborating with the best ones who have the expertise, knowledge, and methodology,
  • Develop digital strategies and local action plans to implement these strategies with budgets and timetables,
  • Carry out pilot experiences in the conduct of digital transformation strategies in cities and voluntary local authorities,
  • Set up awareness-raising, training and capacity-building programs for local elected officials and territorial managers of cities and territories in Africa,
  • Ask the UCLG Africa Secretariat to work on the development of an action program to support the digital transformation of cities and local governments in Africa to be submitted to the approval of UCLG Africa bodies during their meetings at the 9th edition of the Africities Summit in Kisumu from May 17 to 21, 2022, and the establishment of an African Network of Smart Cities and Territories (African Smart Cities) bringing together the cities and territories of Africa engaged in digital transformation.

In addition to the work of the FAMI 5 proper, 4 meetings were held:

  1. The meeting of Permanent Secretaries / Executive Directors of National Associations of Local Governments of Africa, moderated by  Morris Mbolela ( Zambia) , Deputy Secretary General of UCLG Africa, which resulted in the creation of the African Network of Secretaries General of local authorities whose constitutive meeting will be held on the occasion of the Africities Summit in Kisumu. To this end, a provisional Committee has been appointed to prepare these meetings;
  2. The meeting of Directors / Officers in Charge of International Relations of Local and Regional Governments and of Decentralized Cooperation , moderated by  Charles Patsika (Zimbabwe), Advisor at the Office of the Secretary General of UCLG Africa, in charge of decentralized cooperation; 
  3. The meeting of the Network of Human Resources Managers of Local and Regional Governments (HR-Net) moderated by  Albertina Tivane (Mozambique), President of the HR-Net Network;   
  4. The 6th meeting of ALGA’s Academic Board of UCLG Africa, moderated by Dr. Najat Zarrouk (Morocco), Director of Development and of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) within UCLG Africa.

The participants finally had the opportunity to discover a part of the Cultural Heritage of the Region through 4 cultural excursions to the cities of Marrakech and Essaouira.

–      At the Headquarters of the Prefectural Council of Marrakech where the participants were welcomed by Ms. Jamila Afif, President of the Prefectural Council;

–       At the Mohammed VI Water Museum of Habous where the participants were received by Dr Almandour Abdelnnebi, Director of this Museum;

–       A visit to the monuments of the City of Marrakech, organized by the Council of the Marrakech-Safi Region;

–       A visit to the City of Essaouira, organized by the Governor of the Province of Essaouira and the President of the Provincial Council of Essaouira.

At the end of the work of FAMI5_2021, a Message of Gratitude and Thanks was sent by the participants to the High Attention of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco – May God Bless him –; a Message read on behalf of the participants by  Mr Mohammed Rhazi, President of the Prefectural Council of the City of Mohammedia.

The participants were invited to attend the next edition of the FAMI Forum (FAMI6) within a year in another region of Morocco.

Read  the final report of the forum here

 

About UCLG Africa

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is the Pan-African Organization made up of 54 National and Regional Associations of Local and Regional Governments from the five (5) Regions of Africa (Center, East, North, Southern and West). The Organization’s Headquarters are located at 22, Rue Essaadyine, Arrondissement de Hassan, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, Postal Code 10020, where UCLG Africa enjoys Diplomatic Status as an International Pan-African Organization. UCLG Africa is also the regional chapter for Africa of the world organization of local governments, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

For further information, please contact: 

Gaëlle Yomi: Phone: + 212 610 56 71 45

E-mail: gyomi@uclga.org

UCLG Africa website: www.uclga.org

UCLG Africa ALGA website : www.cglua-alga.org

 

Meetings Of UCLG Africa Governing Bodies -Executive Committee And Panafrican Council Of UCLG Africa : Preparation Of The Elective General Assembly And Climate Challenges At The Heart Of The Proceedings

On Monday, December 13, 2021, the 26th session of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa took place in Rabat, followed in the afternoon by the annual session of the Pan-African Council.

The two meetings were chaired by Ms. Christine Mba Ndutume Mihindou, President of UCLG Africa and Mayor of Libreville, Gabon.

The opening of the Executive Committee was punctuated by speeches by Ms. Asmaa Rhlalou, Mayor of Rabat, His Excellency Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development of Egypt, General Khaled Abdel Al Aal, Governor of Cairo and Ms. Christine Mba Ndutume Mihindou, President of UCLG Africa.

” As the first woman elected mayor of the Moroccan capital city, I would have liked this meeting to be held  face-to-face so that you can discover the achievements and projects that His Majesty Mohammed VI has launched through the project of Rabat, City of lights, Cultural capital of Morocco. I hope that this meeting, even at a distance, will also be an opportunity for an exchange of expertise and an efficient implementation of the decentralized cooperation that our organization UCLG Africa seeks to establish ”, declared Mrs. Asmaa Rhlalou.

The Minister of Local Development of Egypt welcomed the operationalization of the regional office for North Africa of UCLG Africa. “In Egypt, we had the honor to host the face-to-face 25 th Session of the Executive Committee in June. We were able to be received by the Prime Minister of Egypt and inaugurate the UCLG Africa regional office for North Africa in Cairo. This Regional Office is now operational. He has established contacts with local governments in the region and with international partners in order to support the organization’s strategy of addressing all the challenges faced by our African cities in terms of economic and urban development and their social and public health extension in terms of upgrading the infrastructure of our African cities. All these challenges, which mostly involve the local level, are exacerbated by the climate and health crisis“, said His Excellency Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local development of Egypt.

The Governor of Cairo, General Khaled Abdel Al Aal, reaffirmed his full support for the organization of the next Africities 9 summit scheduled to be held in Kisumu, Kenya from May 17 to 21, 2022. “We are mobilizing for a massive participation of cities from North Africa at this great meeting. We promise you that our organization UCLG Africa will also have a strong presence at the COP 27 that Egypt will host in 2022 in the city of Sharm-el-Sheikh. In view of the preparation of COP 27, we are counting on a strong involvement of UCLG Africa’s North Africa Regional Office  (NARO). We will make every effort and offer every opportunity to enable this NARO office to accomplish its work and be an African platform for the achievement of the goals and ambitions of our organization, and to promote the establishment of partnership agreements. between our communities” , added the Governor of Cairo.

At the conclusion of the speeches, the President of UCLG Africa, Ms. Christine Mba Ndutume Mihindou , expressed her gratitude to her peers. “ Thank you for having chosen me as president of UCLG Africa. I renew my commitment to serve the organization and to mobilize all energies so that we can together meet the challenges of African local governments. I take this opportunity to renew my thanks to His Majesty King Mohammed VI for the constant support He has always given to our organization ”, declared Mrs. Ndutume, before urging elected officials to mobilize for the major meetings that will take place in 2022.

” Dear colleagues, I am counting on your support to accomplish the exhilarating task of  presiding our continental organization of local governments, at a time when (our organization)  must ensure that the local authorities of Africa play their role during the major events that will take place  in  2022, namely : the celebration of Rabat, African Capital of Culture, the launch of which should take place on January 24, 2022 ; the Round Table of Mayors on African participation in Water Governance, within the framework of the 9th World Water Forum scheduled to take place from March 22 to  March 26, 2022 in Dakar, Senegal ; the 9th edition of the Africities Summit to be held  from May 17 to May 21, 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya, during which the elective General Assembly of UCLG Africa will take place intended to elect the members to serve in the bodies of our organization ; 7th UCLG World Congress to be held from October 10 to October 14, 2022 in Daejeon, South Korea ; and the COP27 scheduled to take place in Egypt in November 2022. We must ensure a physical presence of the greatest number of our members at these various events, and I am counting on you to mobilize them in the different regions of the continent. I also wish to inform the members of the Executive Committee that the process of starting and signing the headquarters agreement of the UCLG Africa Regional Office for Central Africa is underway in accordance with the instructions of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba ”.       

Proceedings

The Executive Committee approved the activity report of the General Secretariat for the period ranging from June to November 2021 and adopted the budget and the 2022 work plan of UCLG Africa. The Executive Committee also adopted a new scale of membership fees. The Executive Committee requested that the said membership fees be considered as a compulsory expenditure voted in the budgets of local authorities and national associations. The Executive Committee also resolved that a Memorandum of Understanding be established and signed between each national association of local authorities and the General Secretariat of UCLG Africa to clearly delimit the rights and duties of each party. These MOUs must have been signed before the UCLG Africa General Assembly to be held on May 20, 2023, in Kisumu, Kenya.

The members of the Executive Committee and of  the Pan-African Council received the report of the activities implemented by the Secretariat during the year 2021.

The following elements were particularly highlighted : the organization of the regional caucuses of Central and North Africa in preparation for the elective General Assembly of May 22, 2022 in Kisumu, the other caucuses of East Africa, of West Africa, and Southern Africa to be held in the first quarter of 2022, before the end of February 2022 ; the renewal of the strategic partnership with the European Commission ; the successful participation of the UCLG Africa delegation led by the President of UCLG Africa  at COP 26 in Glasgow marked by the signing of a partnership agreement with the Global Center for Adaptation (GCA) ; working meetings with the Minister of Water and Forests of Ivory Coast ; the Minister of the Environment of Gabon ; the Minister of the Environment of Egypt ; the Minister of the Environment of Togo ; the Secretary General of the Ministry of the Environment of Morocco ; the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) ; the Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) ; the Africa Director of the Green Climate Fund ; the Delegation of the United States of America ; the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ; and the organization, animation and participation in numerous special events (side events). The period was also marked by the signing of numerous agreements with the Department of Public Institutions and Digital Governance (DIPGD, UNDESA); the Green Climate Fund; the International Institute of Governance (IIG, Morocco); 01 Talent, and the “Equal Partnerships – African Intermediary / Secondary Cities as Actors and Partners in Urban Migration Governance” program.

Other highlights of the period were the launch in Abidjan on November 30, 2021, at the initiative of Ms. Macoura Dao Coulibaly, President of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) and as part of the campaign for African cities without street children, from the countryside of Ivorian towns without children living in the street, in the presence of the First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara ; as well as the inauguration within the framework of the Dakar campaign without children living in the street, of the “House of Children” (“Maison de l’Enfance”), at the initiative of Mrs. Soham El Wardini , Mayor of Dakar, Vice-President of UCLG Africa for West Africa; and the preparation of the celebration of Rabat, African Capital of Culture.  

The Executive Committee and the Pan-African Council have also adopted the 2022 work plan and budget of UCLG Africa.

The members of UCLG Africa were invited to attend the following future events in large numbers in 2022:

–         Launch of the celebration of Rabat, African Capital of Culture on January 24, 2022, coinciding with the World Day of African and Afro-descendant Culture of UNESCO ;

–         The African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) Forum of Leaders and Elected Officials of Local and Regional Governments which will take place on February 15, 2022, in Brussels, Belgium, within the framework of the AU-EU Summit of Heads of State and Government;

–         The Round Table of Mayors at the World Water Forum to be held in Dakar, Senegal, from March 22 to March 26, 2022;

–         The Africities Summit scheduled for May 17-21, 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya, during which on May 20, 2022, the general assembly of UCLG Africa will renew the members of the governing bodies of the organization ; and during which all will be announced the name of the next African Capital of Culture to be celebrated in 2023 and 2024 (the cities of Kinshasa and Kigali have already applied) ;

–         The UCLG World Congress to be held in Daejeon, South Korea, during which the members of UCLG bodies will be elected;

–         The Forum of Mayors and Territorial Authorities planned within the framework of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) which will take place in Sharm-Al-Sheikh, Egypt, in November 2022.

 

For further information please contact: 

Gaëlle Yomi: Phone + 212 610 56 71 45

E-mail : gyomi@uclga.org 

 

26th SESSION OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF UCLG AFRICA

 

On 13 December 2021, the Executive Committee and the Pan-African Council of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) will meet in ordinary sessions by videoconference.

The 26th session of the Executive Committee will be held at 9:30 a.m. and will focus on the adoption of the budget and the 2022 work plan of UCLG Africa. The members of the Committee will examine the state of progress of the preparations for the 9th edition of the Africities Summit, scheduled from 17 to 21 May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya, within the framework of which will be held on 20 May 2022, the elective general assembly that will allow the election of the titular and substitute members of the governing bodies of UCLG Africa.

The Pan-African Council will gather at 2:30 pm. The members of the Pan-African Council will decide on the work plan and the 2022 budget of UCLG Africa as well as on the preparation of the Africities 9 Summit. The Pan-African Council will also receive an update on the participation of associations of local and regional governments from Africa in the new cooperation cycle of the European Union (2021-2027).

Mrs. Christine Mba Ndutume Mihindou, President of UCLG Africa and Mayor of Libreville, Gabon, will chair both meetings. In the presence of among others:

  • Mr. Mohamed Boudra, Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the North Africa region
  • Mrs. Soham El Wardini, Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the West Africa region
  • Mr. Uwimana Innocent, Vice President of UCLG Africa for the East Africa region
  • Mr. Jeffrey Sibisibi, Vice President of UCLG Africa for Southern Africa
  • Mme. Macoura Dao Coulibaly, President of the Network of Local Elected Women of Africa (REFELA)
  • M. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, General Secretary of UCLG Africa

As a reminder, the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa is the body in charge of the political direction of the organization. The Executive Committee is composed of 16 members, 15 members equally representing each of the 5 regions of the continent (3 for each of the 5 regions), to which is added the President of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA – UCLG Africa’s gender committee).

The Pan-African Council of UCLG Africa is the body in charge of the annual supervision of the conduct of UCLG Africa between the meetings of the General Assembly, which take place every three (3) years in the framework of the Africities Summits. It is composed of forty-five (45) active members, nine (9) from each African sub-region.

 

For more information please contact:

Gaëlle Yomi: Tel.: + 212 610 56 71 45

Email: gyomi@uclga.org

Marrakech hosts the 5th edition of the African Forum of Managers and Territorial Development Institutes targeting Local Governments from 6 to 11 December 2021 in Hybrid Mode 

From 6 to 11 December 2021, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) through its African Local Government Academy (ALGA) and its Partners are organizing the 5th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments (FAMI5_2021). This meeting is part of UCLG Africa’s contribution to the United Nations Decade of Action and is held in a hybrid format, in face-to-face at the MOHAMMED VI Administrative and Cultural Complex des Habous in Marrakech (Morocco), and online.

FAMI5 is organized in partnership with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (UN), the Directorate General of Local Authorities (DGCT) of the Ministry of the Interior of Morocco, the Council of the Region of Marrakech-Safi , the Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech, the Association of Regions of Morocco (ARM), the Moroccan Association of Presidents of the Councils of Prefectures and Provinces (AMPCPP), and the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Communal Councils (AMPCC).

The theme chosen for this 5th edition is: “The Digital and Intelligent transformation of Local Africa: the time to act is now!!! “.   

The Forum will be an opportunity to learn and discuss the dynamics of digital and intelligent transformation at the level of African Local and Regional Governments, particularly in the era of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond, with an emphasis on the commitments made at the global and African level,  on the progress made, the challenges and obstacles, the innovations and the best practices at the level of the Local and Regional Governments and the other Actors and stakeholders committed and involved in the dynamics of the Digital and Intelligent Transformation.

Indeed, now countries and cities insist in their strategic vision on e-Governance, digitization, and the development of smart cities, making this choice a strategic orientation to guarantee the dynamics of sustainable development at local and territorial level, as part of the implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 has been a force-multiplying factor for these trends, introducing remote work in Public Institutions in all levels of Governance, digital service delivery, virtual service teams, and even new fully digital service portfolios. Despite the existence of important African initiatives, sometimes awarded by regional or international institutions, digital transformation is not yet a priority project for Decentralization, for Local Governance and for Local and Territorial Development.

It is in this context and to answer these questions that the participants in FAMI5_2021 will meet for 6 days in order to make an effective contribution on this theme, with the goal of laying the groundwork and priority axes for a Road Map on the Digital and Intelligent Transformation of Local Africa.

The following are expected at this meeting: representatives of Governments, Local and Regional Governments, International Organizations, Territorial Managers, Representatives of training institutions, as well as representatives of the private sector and of civil society.

The opening ceremony will record the interventions of :

  • The Honorable Madame Christine Mba Ndutume Mihindou , President of UCLG Africa and Mayor of Libreville, Gabon.
  • Samir Goudar, President of the Council of the Region of Marrakech-Safi.
  • Moulay Lhassan Hbid , President of the Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech. 
  • Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi , Secretary General of UCLG Africa ;
  • Representatives of Ministerial Departments ; 
  • Representatives of the National Associations of Local and Regional Governments of Morocco ; 
  • Dr John Mary Kauzya , Representative of the Directorate of Public Institutions and Digital Governance (DPIDG), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), New York.

The media are invited to cover the opening ceremony scheduled for Monday, December 6, 2021 from 13:00 hours onwards, at the Grand Auditorium of the “Administrative and Cultural Complex MOHAMMED VI des Habous in Marrakech.

About UCLG Africa

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is the Pan-African Organization made up of 54 National Associations of Local and Regional Governments from the five (5) regions of Africa (Center, East, North, Southern and West). The Headquarters of the Organization is located at 22, Rue Essaadyine, Arrondissement de Hassan, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, where UCLG Africa enjoys Diplomatic Status as an International Pan-African Organization. UCLG Africa is also the Regional Chapter for Africa of the World Organization of Local Governments (UCLG).

 

For further information, please contact : 

Gaëlle Yomi: Tel: + 212 610 56 71 45

e-mail: gyomi@uclga.org

UCLG Africa website: www.uclga.org

UCLG Africa ALGA website : www.cglua-alga.org

Signature of a memorandum of understanding between UCLG Africa and Libra Capital for the industrial and economic program of African cities, local and regional governments through participatory financing

On Wednesday 24 November 2021 in Rabat (Morocco), the pan-African organization United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and LIBRA CAPITAL Ltd “LCL”, signed a partnership agreement at the headquarters of UCLG Africa.

The agreement was signed by Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa and Mr. Rachid LAAOUIMIR, Chairman of LIBRA CAPITAL Ltd “LCL”.

The objective of this partnership is the realization of a teaser of the Industrial and Economic City project. Indeed, UCLG Africa in order to improve the support of African mayors and elected officials in the creation of jobs through the development of African human resources has expressed its willingness to realize the project Industrial and Economic Africa dedicated to employment. To achieve this vision, LCL has been chosen as a holding company with the financial and technical capacity, experience and expertise necessary for the realization and operation of African Industrial projects. One of the visions of LCL is to help cities and local authorities to identify untapped wealth and determine the future of this wealth.

To implement this partnership:

  • UCLG AFRICA undertakes to select, on the basis of a call for expressions of interest to be sent to its members, the environmental, social and economic information of the cities that will be delivered to LCL for financial studies necessary to assess the feasibility of the project.
  • UCLG Africa, through its commitment of valorization and coaching on economic methods for job creation, aims to give mayors a strategic vision by entering into participatory finance. Axis 1 of this performance commitment specifies that to achieve this strategic objective, UCLG Africa will use new means of communication in order to become the receptacle of Green and Participatory funds.
  • LCL will collaborate with UCLG Africa to propose economic teasers that will be online in the platform dedicated to the development, financing, implementation and operation of these projects and according to its track record in conducting feasibility studies.
  • LCL agrees to select suitable cities and local authorities and to elaborate the aforementioned studies of the sites, to seek financing for the development of the said projects, and to ensure the protection of the environment in accordance with the regulations in force.

The memorandum of understanding was concluded for a renewable period of 3 years.

About the MOU partners

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is the pan-African organization composed of 54 national associations of local governments from the five (5) regions of Africa (Central, East, North, Southern and West). The headquarters of the organization is located at 22, Rue Essaadyine Street, Hassan, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, where UCLG Africa enjoys diplomatic status as an international pan-African organization. UCLG Africa is the regional section for Africa of the world organization of local governments (UCLG).

Libra Capital is the in-house investment and management company of Libra Group. Libra Group is based on long-term market research and investment judgements.  Through Libra Capital, all operating companies in the group have rapid access to investment and management services, from inception to completion. The Libra Capital team understands the value of local market knowledge: working with regional and industry experts is central to our investment decision and operational management effectiveness. While Libra Group’s subsidiaries work primarily independently, Libra Capital’s global view is invaluable. It helps manage complex cross-border transactions and compliance with regulatory frameworks.

 

For more information, please contact

Gaëlle Yomi : Tel: + 212 610 56 71 45

e-mail: gyomi@uclga.org  

UCLG Africa website: www.uclga.org    

 

 

UCLG AFRICA Regional Caucus: North Africa sets out its priorities for the Africities 9 Summit in Kisumu, Kenya, on May 17-21, 2022  (PRESS RELEASE)

The North Africa regional caucus of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) was held from 01 to 02 November 2021 in Luxor (Egypt).

The opening ceremony was marked by speeches from: His Excellency Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development of Egypt, Mr. Mohamed Abdel Qader, Deputy Governor of Luxor, the Honorable Peter Anyang Nyong’o, Governor of Kisumu, Kenya, and Mrs. Asmaa Rhlalou, Mayor of Rabat.

The proceedings were chaired by Mr. Lahcen Amrouche of the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Communal Councils (AMPCC), who is the vice-president of UCLG Africa for the North Africa region. Five out of the seven countries in the region took part in the two-day conclave: Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, and Tunisia. They were represented by the President and the Permanent Secretary of the national association of local authorities, the President of the national chapter of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), and one Representative of the Network of Local Elected Young People Africa (YELO).

The meeting in Luxor was the second in a series of regional caucuses organized in preparation for the 9th edition of the Africities Summit to be held from May 17th to May 21st, 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya. The elective general assembly during which it is planned to elect the full and alternate members of UCLG Africa’s governing bodies will also be will be held during Africities on May 20th, 2022. The theme chosen for the Africities summit is: ” The role of Africa’s intermediate cities in the implementation of the United Nation’s Agenda 2030 and the African Union’s Agenda 2063″.  

During the two days of proceedings, the participants were informed of the current actions carried out by UCLG Africa through its new GADDEPA 2.0 strategy and its 7 priority focus areas selected by the members of UCLG Africa for the 2021-2030 decade, namely: Economy and local finance; climate, biodiversity, and food systems; gender and youth; access to basic and SDG services; migration; culture; and peace and security.

The participants paid particular attention to the implementation process of the Africa Territorial Agency (ATA), the financial vehicle enabling African local governments to access the financial market. One hundred voluntary local authorities are invited to subscribe as founding members of the ATA cooperative society with a contribution of 100,000 Euros each. In carrying out this project, UCLG Africa intends to rely on partners such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), so that the ATA becomes a subsidiary body of the AfDB.

The Africities summit was also presented, which will take place over 5 days. A distinction is made between thematic sessions organized during the first 3 days of the Summit, and the political sessions organized during the last 2 days of the Summit in addition to the Exhibition which is part and parcel of Africities. The sessions also include a series of special events in the form of “Special Days”. The thematic sessions set out the details of the theme of the Summit and of the strategies to be implemented, as well as the coalitions to be built so that intermediate cities are able to play the role expected from them. These sessions make recommendations for the attention of Ministers, Mayors, Leaders and elected representatives of local governments, as well as for the attention of development partners. The political sessions include the meeting of Ministers, the meeting of Mayors and Leaders of local authorities, and the meeting of Development Partners, as well as the tripartite political dialogue meeting between Ministers, Mayors and Leaders of local authorities, and Development Partners. The Africities Exhibition offers to companies, institutions, and organizations the opportunity to present their products and solutions through the rental of booths, the animation of workshops, and the organization of B-to-B meetings on site and virtually.

The summit also serves as a framework for the presentation of the barometer relating to the institutional environment of African local governments (CEE Rating). The report produced by UCLG Africa proposes a framework within which cities and countries can compare each other’s performance and act in order to create an environment conducive to decentralization. The report helps identify the challenges faced by countries in implementing these actions, and helps all stakeholders to discuss the reforms needed to meet these challenges. The initiative also aims to guide international technical and financial partners in defining their support. The members of the North Africa region were informed about their respective ranking in the last report (CEE Rating).

A plea was made for gender equality in the governing bodies for North Africa, for the representation of women in the governing bodies of regional authorities in the region through the REFELA network. A plea was also made for the representation of young people within the governing bodies of local governments in North Africa. The local elected officials of the North Africa region were invited to promote and energize the actions of REFELA in their respective countries around the three campaigns launched by the network, namely: the Campaign of African Cities without Street Children (launched in 2018), the Campaign of African Cities with Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Women (launched in 2019), and the Campaign of African Cities for the Economic Empowerment of Women (launched in 2020). Regarding youth issues, local elected officials were invited to supervise young people by involving them in issues of territorial governance. The fact is that most of the young local elected officials in the region are only municipal councilors, and very few of them hold the office of mayors.

The experience of Egypt’s “Smart Transport System” was shared with the elected officials, and an invitation was extended to the Egyptian side to share it again during the Africities 9 summit in Kisumu.

Local elected officials from the North Africa region expressed their major concerns towards the Africities Summit:

–     The issue of access by local governments to financing remains a recurring concern. The participants ask that support be given to the Africa Territorial Agency (ATA), a financial vehicle enabling local governments to access the financial market. The participants also recommend continuing the efforts led by the General Secretariat of UCLG Africa to facilitate the access of local authorities to climate finance, in particular to the Green Fund.

–     The major challenge of the day is to succeed in the digital transformation of local authorities. A real program to support the digital transformation of local governments should be set up at the level of UCLG Africa. In this regard, the participants welcomed the partnership between UCLG Africa and 01 Talent for the training of young people in coding techniques and the creation of Zones 01 in African cities at their request.

–     The participants expressed the wish that “Open Government” be adopted everywhere, making it possible to facilitate relations between citizens and those in charge of local governments. “Open Government” will help rebuild trust between citizens and public authorities, as well as transparency and integrity in the management of local authorities.

–     The strengthening of the international action of local authorities and in particular in the field of decentralized cross-border cooperation with a view to strengthening regional integration and initiating the dynamics of… the Africa of the People. In this regard, the participants welcomed the initiative taken by Morocco to create an African Fund to support decentralized cooperation and express the hope that other countries can do the same.

The participants will continue their consultation to develop the 5 questions for the attention of ministers during the tripartite political dialogue between Ministers, Mayors and leaders of local authorities, and Development Partners planned to take place in Africities.

The North Africa Regional caucus has also appointed its main candidates for the elective general assembly of UCLG Africa scheduled to take place on May 20, 2022 in Kisumu. The participation of the candidates is expected with a view to the designation of nine members of the North Africa region out of the 45 members of the Pan-African Council, the three members of the North Africa region out of the 15 members of the Executive Committee, and one Vice-President for North Africa out of the five members of the Presidency, and one representative of the North Africa region out of the 5 members of the Financial Management Commission (only for UCLG Africa). Ditto for the members of the Pan-African council of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) and of the Network of Young Elected Representatives of Africa (YELO).

A list of 6 permanent candidates for the Pan-African Council of UCLG Africa (see table) has been communicated. The list will be completed by December 31st, 2021. The secretariat of the regional caucus will contact the absent local governments so that they can express their candidacies before December 31st, 2021. After this deadline, the remaining positions will be filled by interested members. The members of the caucus resolved to meet at the headquarters of UCLG Africa in Rabat, Morocco in January 2022 to finalize the list of candidates from North Africa with the incumbents, the alternates, and the member of the electoral commission. For YELO, the caucus instructs the Association of Mayors of Mauritania, whose delegation includes the only young person present at the work, to initiate and ensure, in collaboration with the General Secretariat of UCLG Africa, the coordination of the youth networks of various member countries in order to prepare appropriately for the establishment of the North African Network of Young Local Elected Officials during the Africities summit to be held in Kisumu, Kenya. The REFELA network has communicated the names of its candidates listed in the table below.

 

GOVERNING BODIES OF UCLG AFRICA

Country PANAFRICAN COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENCY UCLG Africa
  Incumbent Alternate Incumbent Candidate
ALGERIA Absent Absent    
EGYPT Cairo      
LIBYA National Association of Municipal Councils of Libya (NMCA) TBC Cairo -Egypt  Region of Nouakchott (Mauritania)
MOROCCO City of Rabat TBC
MOROCCO Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC) TBC
MAURITANIA Region of Nouakchott TBC Association of Presidents of Communal Councils (AMPCC- Morocco)
SUDAN Absent Absent
TUNISIA National Federation of Tunisian Communes (FNCT) TBC
Region of Nouakchott (Mauritania)

 

                                                                                                       FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION
                                                                                            National Federation of Tunisian Communes (FNCT)

 

REFELA’ S GOVERNING BODIES

Country PANAFRICAN COUNCIL OF REFELA EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE REFELA NETWORK VICE PRESIDENCY – REFELA
Incumbent Alternate Incumbent Candidate
ALGERIA Absent Absent Commune of Arbaoua
(Maroc)
Commune of Arbaoua
(Morocco)
EGYPT City of Damieta TBC
LIBYA Commune of JANZOUR TBC
LIBYA Commune Souk El Jomoa TBC  
MOROCCO Commune of Arbaoua TBC Commune of Araffat
(Mauritania)
MOROCCO Commune of LEGFIFAT TBC
MAURITANIA Commune of Araffat TBC
MAURITANIA City of Nteichit TBC Commune of JANZOUR
Libya
SUDAN Absent Absent
TUNISIA City (TBC) TBC
TUNISIA City (TBC) TBC    

 

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Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UCLG Africa and the SAQQARA Training Center (Egypt)

On Monday 01 November 2021 in Luxor (Egypt), United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and the SAQQARA Training Center, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the sidelines of the UCLG Africa Regional Caucus for the North Africa region.

The convention was signed by Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa and His Excellency Salah Shehata Nasser, Assistant Minister for Information, Infrastructure and Training of Egypt and the Director of the Saqqara Training Center.

The MoU sets out the general framework for collaboration, cooperation and partnership between the African Local Governments Academy(ALGA) of UCLG Africa and the Local Administration Training Center in Saqqara, as the Anchor Institute and Partner of ALGA to promote and implement training and empowering programs and capacity building for the benefit of the subnational and local governments in Africa.

A special focus will be made on digitalization declared M. Mbassi during the signing ceremony. “Decentralization will be effective when human resources capacities are effective. For the time being, we have decentralized the powers, we have decentralized sometimes the financial resources and we have rarely decentralized the human resources. The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated us towards another era which is the era of digitalization. And if we miss the shift towards digitalization, we will be left behind. If our cooperation must have a perspective of immediate response, it’s first in the field of digitalization of our local governments. In North Africa, we have two countries that have made great strides in the digitalization strategy: Morocco and Egypt. We are counting on this partnership to enable us to accelerate this digitalization process.”

The mission of training of professional of local governments is key for progress. Only if we train people can we change their status. So, progress goes hand in hand with training people well. Training is ambitious and it is methodological as well”, said Mr. Salah Shehata Nasser.

Concluded for a period of 5 years, the two parties agree to carry out joint programs, including among others, assistance to training institutions targeting subnational and local governments officials and staff; development and implementation of training cycles for trainers; organization of peer reviews and peer learning as well as study tours for the benefit of subnational and local governments.

About the Partners to the MoU

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is the Pan-African Organization composed of 54 National Associations of Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) from the five (5) African Regions (Central, East, North, Southern, and West). The Headquarters of the organization is at 22, Rue Essaadyine Street, Hassan, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, where UCLG Africa is granted a diplomatic status as an Pan African international organization. UCLG Africa is the regional section for Africa of the World organization of the United and Local Governments (UCLG).

The SAQQARA Training Center:  The Local Development Center in Saqqara was established more than 30 years as the first integrated Training Center in Egypt in the field of Local Administration and trained more than 90 thousand trainees from the governorates of Egypt so far. All the Local Administration bodies to achieve the overall quality of the services provided by these Services to all citizens through training and development of the skills of leaders and employees of these Services also provides the development of administrative and technical systems and policies with the provision of advisory services in the field of local management and carry out studies and research that serve Local Development concerns.

 

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UCLG Africa Regional Caucus: Central Africa gets ready for the 9th edition of the Africities Summit in Kisumu, Kenya, from 17 to 21 May 2022 (PRESS RELEASE)

The city of Libreville hosted from 25 to 26 October 2021, the regional caucus of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) for the Central Africa region. Each country was invited to be represented by the President and the Permanent Secretary of the national association of local authorities, the President of the national chapter of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), and a Representative of the Network of Young Local Elected Officials of Africa (YELO). Five of the seven countries in the region took part in the face-to-face work (Cameroon, Central Africa, Congo, Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe), and 2 countries participated through videoconference (Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad).

The Libreville meeting was the first in a series of regional caucuses organized in preparation for the 9th Africities Summit scheduled for 17 – 21 May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya, during which the elective general assembly will take place on 20 May 2022, for the election the full and alternate members of the governance bodies of UCLG Africa.

The official opening of the work of the caucus was made by Mr. Séraphin Ibouanga, Representative of the Minister of State, Minister of the Interior, in the presence of: Mr. Mathias Otounga Ossibadjouo, Minister of Local Governance, Development and Regional Planning, Mrs. Christine Mba Ndutume, Mayor of Libreville and President of UCLG Africa, Mrs. Marie Françoise Dikoumba, Governor of the Province of L’Estuaire, and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

During the address of the Minister of State, Minister of the Interior, Gabon undertook to establish the UCLG Africa regional office for Central Africa (CARO) in Libreville and to sign the corresponding headquarters agreement as soon as possible. The Minister of State renewed the commitment to ratify the African Charter on the Values ​​and Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance, and Local Development, adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union during their conference held in June 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, and to file these instruments with the African Union Commission.

The first day of the proceedings was devoted to updating and informing members on the main agendas of UCLG Africa, and the second day served as a framework for the preparation of the elective general assembly of UCLG Africa scheduled for 20 May 2022, as part of the Africities summit.

The participants thus learned about the new UCLG Africa action strategy (GADDEPA 2.0) and the seven priority intervention areas selected by the members of UCLG Africa for the 2021-2030 decade, namely: Local economy and finance; climate, biodiversity and food systems; gender and youth; access to basic services and SDGs; migration; culture; peace and security.

The participants were also informed of the initiatives being implemented by UCLG Africa concerning the development of a Trombino – UCLG Africa platform in order to ensure a better presence of the territorial communities of the continent on the Internet; the Africa Territorial Agency (ATA), a financial vehicle providing access for African local authorities to the financial market; the partnership with 01 Talent, which consists of preparing local governments to embark on their digital transformation through an ambitious training program for young people in the computer coding profession; the partnership with the Green Climate Fund in order to have the status of a regional entity accredited to the Green Climate Fund in order to facilitate local authorities’ access to climate finance; and the organization of the celebration of African Capitals of Culture.

The participants received a communication on the problem of so-called invisible children, because they have no identity. This problem is of particular concern because of the serious consequences it has on civil status, the right to identity and citizenship, and on the planning of development actions. A partnership has been established between UCLG Africa and the Urgence Identité Foundation to deal with this problem at the level of cities and territories in Africa.

The other highlight of the caucus was the discussion of the presence of subnational and local governments from Central Africa at the Africities Summit.

This discussion was introduced by a statement from the Kenyan delegation on the state of preparations for the Summit. There followed the clarification of the choice of the theme of the Summit, namely, “The role of Africa’s Intermediary Cities in the implementation of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 and the African Union’s Agenda 2063”; and learning about the structure of the Summit, with a series of sessions on one side and the Africities Exhibition on the other.

A distinction is made between thematic sessions organized during the first 3 days of the Summit, and political sessions organized during the last 2 days of the Summit; the sessions also include a series of special events in the form of “Days”. The thematic sessions set out the theme of the Summit and the strategies to be implemented and the coalitions to be built so that intermediary cities are able to play the role expected of them. These sessions make recommendations to ministers, mayors, leaders, and elected officials of subnational and local governments, as well as development partners. The political sessions include the meeting of ministers, the meeting of mayors and leaders of subnational and local governments, and the meeting of development partners, as well as the tripartite political dialogue meeting between ministers, mayors and leaders of subnational and local governments, and development partners.

To this end, participants were invited to reflect on the 5 questions that mayors and leaders of local authorities wish to ask ministers on the one hand, and development partners on the other.

7 dedicated “Days” are planned, namely: 1. Climate Day; 2. Culture Day; 3. Digital Day; 4. Women’s Day; 5. Youth Day; 6. Migration and Diaspora Day; 7. Urban Planning Day. The Africities Exhibition offers companies, institutions, and organizations the opportunity to present their products and solutions through the rental of stands, the facilitation of workshops, as well as B-to-B meetings both on site and virtually. Participants in the Libreville caucus were invited to encourage attendance at the Africities Exhibition through “Country” pavilions.  In view of the preparation of the B-to-B meetings, the participants in the caucus were asked to identify and send to the UCLG Africa secretariat before the end of December 2021, the 3 most urgent problems for which they wish to find a solution at the Kisumu Africities Summit.

The second day was devoted to the preparation of the elective general assembly of UCLG Africa scheduled for 20 May 2022 in Kisumu. This assembly will notably elect the members to the governing bodies of UCLG Africa, namely, the 45 members of the Pan-African Council, the 15 members of the Executive Committee or Bureau, the 5 members of the Presidency, and the 5 members of the Financial Management Commission. The REFELA and YELO assemblies will also be held, which will likewise nominate members to their respective governance bodies.  The deliberations continued with the designation of candidates from Central Africa to the various bodies of the three entities concerned, namely, the 9  members of the Central African region out of the 45 members of the Pan-African Council, the 3 members of the region from Central Africa out of the 15 members of the Executive Committee, 1 Vice President for Central Africa out of the 5 members of the Presidency, and 1 representative from the Central Africa region out of the 5 members of the Financial Management Commission (only for UCLG Africa). The results of this work are presented  here ( Word version, PDF version) and below :

GOVERNING BODIES OF UCLG Africa

Country PANAFRICAN COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENCY OF UCLG Africa
Full member Alternate
CAMEROON United Councils and Cities of Cameroun (UCCC) City of Kumba City of Bangui (Central African Republic)  Commune of Libreville (Gabon)
CAMEROON Commune of Nitoukou TBC (Region)
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC City of Bangui Commune of Damara
CHAD City of N’Djamena Commune of the 6th District of N’Djamena Commune of Libreville (Gabon)
CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE   Association of Mayors of Congo (AMC) City of Pointe Noire
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – DRC City of Kinshasa Commune of Boma
 EQUATORIAL GUINEA City of Malabo TBC (Region) Association of Mayors of Congo (AMC)
 GABON Commune of Libreville Commune of Fougamou
SAO-TOME-AND-PRINCIPE Association of Urban Authorities of São-Tomé-and-Príncipe  (AARASTP) Commune of Trinidade

 

GOVERNING BODIES OF REFELA

Country REFELA PANAFRICAN COUNCIL EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE REFELA NETWORK VICE PRESIDENCY – REFELA
Full member Alternate
CAMEROON Commune of Afanloum Commune of Pete Bandjoun Commune of Madingou (Congo-Brazzaville) Commune of Afanloum
(Cameroon)
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC City of Bangui Commune of Begoa
CHAD Commune of the 8th District of  N’Djamena Commune of Moundou
CONGO – Brazzaville Commune of Madingou Commune of Kinkele Commune of Afanloum (Cameroon)
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – DRC Commune of Selembao Commune of Nsele
 EQUATORIAL GUINEA City of Malabo  TBC
GABON Commune of Ndende Commune of Franceville City of Bangui (Central African Republic)
GABON Commune of Lastourville Commune of Ntum
SÃO-TOMÉ-AND-PRÍNCIPE Commune of Guadalupe Commune of Angolares

 

 

GOVERNING BODIES OF THE YELO NETWORK
Country PANAFRICAN COUNCIL – YELO EXECUTIVE BOARD – YELO VICE PRESIDENCY – YELO
Full member Alternate
CAMEROON Commune of Mozogo Commune of Dschang Commune of Mozogo (Cameroon)  Commune of Mozogo
(Cameroon)
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC Commune of Begoa Commune of the 8th District of Bangui
CHAD Absent Absent
CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE Commune of Ouesso City of  Pointe Noire Commune of Ouesso (CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE)
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO -DRC Absent Absent
EQUATORIAL GUINEA Absent Absent
GABON Commune of Port Gentil Commune of Libreville
GABON Commune of Owendo Commune of Cocobeach Commune of Owendo (Gabon)
SÃO-TOMÉ-AND-PRÍNCIPE No young elected officials No young elected officials

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION

CAMEROON

United Councils and Cities of Cameroon (UCCC)

ELECTORAL COMMISSION

 GABON

City of KANGO

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UCLG Africa Regional Caucus for the North Africa region in Luxor (Egypt)

From 01 to 02 November 2021, the pan-African organization United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is organizing its regional caucus for the North Africa region at Jolie Ville Hotel in Luxor, Egypt.

The city of Luxor hosts the second in a series of regional caucuses organized in preparation for the 9th Africities Summit from 17 to 21 May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya, within the framework of which the elective general assembly of UCLG Africa will take place on 20 May 2022. The first regional caucus was held in Libreville, Gabon, on 26 and 27 October 2021 for Central Africa. Other regional caucuses are planned in Nairobi, Kenya, on 30 November and 01 December 2021 for East Africa; in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 16 and 17 December 2021 for West Africa; and in Pretoria, South Africa on 05 and 06 December 2021 for Southern Africa.

The  meeting will allow the local authorities of the North Africa region to nominate their candidates to the various political bodies of UCLG Africa. Each region must nominate: 9 candidates among the 45 members of the Pan-African Council elected by the general assembly ; 3 candidates among the 15 members of the Executive Committee, 1 candidate among the 5 members of the Financial Management Commission, and 1 Vice President among the 5 members of the Presidency, all elected by the Pan-African Council, and possibly 1 candidate for the position of President of UCLG Africa elected by the Pan-African Council from among the members of the Presidency.

The caucus also involves the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) and the Network of Locally Elected Youth of Africa (YELO) whose general assemblies will also take place during the Africities Summit in Kisumu, Kenya.

The official opening of the meeting will be chaired by His Excellency the Minister of Local Development of Egypt, and will include:

– The welcome adress by the Deputy Governor of Luxor;

-The speech of  the Governor of Kisumu, Kenya;

-The speech of the Mayor of Rabat, UCLG Africa Headquarters

The meeting will be held in the presence of the presidents of national associations of local authorities, of leaders of the Network of Local Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), of young local elected officials, of and permanent secretaries of national associations of local authorities.

 

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Libreville hosts the Central Africa regional caucus of UCLG Africa (PRESS RELEASE)








From 25 to 26 October 2021, the Pan-African Organization United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is holding its regional caucus for the Central Africa region at the Radisson Blu hotel in Libreville (Gabon).

The Gabonese capital is home to the first of a series of regional caucuses organized in preparation for the 9th Africities Summit from 17 to 21 May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya, within the framework of which the elective general assembly of UCLG Africa will take place on 20 May 2022. Other regional caucuses are planned in Luxor, Egypt, on 01 and 02 November 2021, for North Africa; in Nairobi, Kenya, on 30 November and 01 December 2021 for East Africa; in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 13 and 14 December 2021 for West Africa; and in Pretoria, South Africa (dates to be defined) for Southern Africa.

The Libreville meeting will allow the local authorities of the Central Africa region to nominate their candidates to the various political bodies of UCLG Africa. Each region must nominate: 9 candidates among the 45 members of the Pan-African Council elected by the general assembly ; 3 candidates among the 15 members of the Executive Committee, 1 candidate among the 5 members of the Financial Management Commission, and 1 Vice President among the 5 members of the Presidency, all elected by the Pan-African Council, and possibly 1 candidate for the position of President of UCLG Africa elected by the Pan-African Council from among the members of the Presidency.

The caucus also involves the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) and the Network of Locally Elected Youth of Africa (YELO) whose general assemblies will also take place during the Africities Summit in Kisumu, Kenya.

The official opening of the meeting will be chaired by His Excellency the Minister of State, Minister of the Interior of Gabon, in the presence of:

· Mr. Mathias Otounga Ossibadjouo , Minister of Local Governance, Development, and Territorial Planning of Gabon,

· Ms. Rosario BENTO PAIS , Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Gabon, São Tome and Príncipe and of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)

· Mrs. Christine Mba Ndutume, Vice-President of the Region, President of UCLG Africa

· Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi , Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

The meeting will be held in the presence of the presidents of national associations of local authorities, of leaders of the Network of Local Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), of young local elected officials, of and permanent secretaries of national associations of local authorities.

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