On 23 September 2016, in Chengdu (China), a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the International Association of schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) and United Cities and Local Government of Africa (UCLG Africa).
The MoU was signed for IASIA, by the new President Mr. Cavalcanti Bianor and the outgoing President, Mr. Michel De Vries. On behalf of UCLG-Africa, the document was signed by the Secretary General of the Organization, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi.
The MoU shall provide a generic framework for the IASIA and the UCLG Africa to promote joint activities, training programs, share lessons learnt and build communities of practice, exchange knowledge, experiences, tools and documentation, in the areas of Public Administration, Governance, Local Governance and capacity building. These areas are important for UCLG Africa’ mission, which created the African Local Government Academy (ALGA), following the request of its members during the Africities Summit held in Marrakesh (Morocco) in 2009.
The Memorandum shall govern joint activities between the parties and shall be largely focused on organizing joint activities, to the benefit of elected officials and civil servants.
The Memorandum also aims at promoting collaboration and exchanges in programs, publications, training activities, study tours, peer learning, and in any other activities in the interest of both organizations.
A joint commission will be set up for follow-up and evaluation of the implementation of the MoU provisions. This commission will be lead on behalf of UCLG Africa by the Director of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA), Dr. Najat ZARROUK.
The partnership was signed for a renewable period of 3 years.
Note that, the International Association of schools and institutes of Administration (IASIA) is the specialized entity of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) established in 1961 and is located in Brussels.