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|
|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|
|CAMEROON||Commune of Afanloum||Commune of Pete Bandjoun||Commune of Madingou (Congo-Brazzaville)||Commune of Afanloum
|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|
|CAMEROON||Commune of Mozogo||Commune of Dschang||Commune of Mozogo (Cameroon)|| Commune of Mozogo
|CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC||Commune of Begoa||Commune of the 8th District of Bangui|
|CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE||Commune of Ouesso||City of Pointe Noire||Commune of Ouesso (CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE)|
|DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO -DRC||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
United Councils and Cities of Cameroon (UCCC)
City of KANGO
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