At the invitation of the United Cities and Local governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) 90 Chiefs technical officers of African city and subnational governments from 41 African countries participated in the launching of the Constitutive General Assembly of the Network of Chief Technical Officers of Cities and Territories of Africa, Africa TechNet. The constitutive general assembly was held at Ivotel Hotel, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on 3 July 2017.
The members of Africa TechNet elected a Bureau of the network, which is composed as following:
- -Ms. Eng Christine Adongo Ogut “Chief Officer Environment, Energy and Water” of Nairobi City County Government (Kenya); President, Africa TechNet
- -Ms Adam Habsou Anza, Chief Engineer, City of Niamey, Niger; Vice President Africa TechNet for West Africa Region
- -Mr. Nour-Eddine Abdelkhalek, Chief Engineer of the City of Casablanca, Morocco; Vice President TechNet for North Africa Region
- -Mr. Kimina Itum Boneyk, Chief Engineer of the City of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Vice President Africa TechNet for Central Africa Region
- -Mr. Maliwa Brifrey Muchuu, Director of Engineering Services, Lusaka City Council, Zambia; Vice President Africa TechNet for Southern Africa Region.
The main goals of Africa TechNet are to:
- -Organize the common voice and representation of the Chief Technical Officers of municipal and territorial governments at the national, regional and continental levels;
- -Disseminate the good practices in the management of cities and territorial governments;
- -Build up the professional capacities and the performance of the members of the network to plan, implement and maintain infrastructure and equipment for services delivery and city/territory performant functioning;
- -Contribute to the development of an African Observatory on access of people to basic services with as aim to produce a Report on the State of Basic Services in African Cities and Territories to be launched during the Africities Summit in Brazzaville, Congo, in December 2018.
In the framework of the launching of Africa TechNet, the members of the network received a first 2-day training course on the theme: “Territorial Development and climate change: realities, constraints and opportunities”. The training course was delivered by a team of experts mobilized by the association ENERGIES 2050, a partner of UCLG Africa in the setting up of a ‘Task Force’ put in place to supporting African cities and territories to climate finance and notably the Green Climate Fund, which will be in operation starting from the year 2020.
The Abidjan meeting was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior and Security of theRepublicof Ivory Coast, the Union of Towns and Municipalities of Ivory Coast (UVICOCI), the Assembly of the Regions and Districts of Ivory Coast (ARDCI).
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