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10 countries attend East Africa United Cities of Africa conference

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The regional strategic meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) for the Eastern Africa Region took place at the Intercontinental Hotel (Nairobi, Kenya) from 9 to 10 April.
The meeting organized in collaboration with the Council of Governors (COG) of Kenya was attended by 10 countries representing 14 national associations of local government including Rwanda, Burundi, Madagascar, Comoros, Uganda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya. They were represented by the presidents of the national associations of local governments, leaders of the Network of Locally Elected Women (REFELA) and their permanent secretaries.
Proceedings were opened by Amb Tuneya Hussein Dado, Cheif Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and ASALS in the presence of Hounourable, Governor Josphat Nanok Koli,Chairperson Council of Governors (CoG), Mr. David Andre, Mayor of Victoria Seychelles, UCLG Africa Vice President, Eastern Africa Region and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.
In his remarks, Amb Tuneya Hussein Dado reiterated the importance of strengthening local governments and the key role played by UCLG Africa in uniting local governments across Africa.
On behalf of the Council of Governors of Kenya (CoG), Honorable Josphat Nanok Koli, welcomed the delegates and wished everyone a nice stay in Nairobi. He expressed his happiness to host the first of the five UCLG Africa regional strategic meetings that will take place in the five regions of Africa (North Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, Eastern Africa, and Southern Africa). He also mentioned the commitment of the CoG to be part of UCLG Africa and its cooperation and decentralisation agenda.
Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, UCLG Africa Secretary General in his remarks, reminded participants of the importance of UCLG Africa regional strategic meetings. “They are key in the life of UCLG Africa. It is therefore critical that members take full advantage of their gathering here to share knowledge on the situation of decentralization and sub national and local governments in their respective countries and to make inputs in reflecting on how to improve this situation for greater involvement of subnational and local governments in the definition and implementation of the development and integration policies and strategies set forth by Agenda 2063 of the African Union” said Mr. Mbassi. “The regional strategic meetings also provides a moment for members to reflect on what is happening at both the continental and global levels, particularly on how it impacts on sub-national and local governments mandates and actions”, he added.
During the first day of the meeting two sessions were held to address UCLG Africa Network in the Region. Through this topic, participants shared their experiences on the state of decentralisation in their countries and the key challenges it faces. They also received information on decentralized cooperation partnerships, and on UCLG Africa Pan Africa Peer Review. Candidates to host a Peer Review mission and to be part of Peer Review teams were registered.
The second session addressed the functioning of UCLG Africa networks and how these networks can contribute in enhancing the delivery capacity of subnational and local governments. As a reminder, UCLG Africa networks include: the network of locally elected women of Africa (REFELA); the network of City Managers (Africa MAGNET); the network of City Chief Finance Officers (Africa FINET); and the network of City Chief Technical Officers (Africa TECHNET). This session also focussed on the role of local and regional governments in implementing African and Global Agendas such as, the African Charter on Values & Principles of Decentralisation, Local Governance & Local Development; the setting up of the High Council of Local Authorities as a consultative body of the African Union; the role of subnational and local governments of Africa in the implementation of Agenda 2063 of the African Union, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Climate Change Agenda.

Source APO Group

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