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Kisumu to host Africities summit 2021

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On 25th of September, 2020 a multi-agency committee involving state and county officials was inaugurated to prepare for the Africicties Summit 2021 that will be held in Kisumu County. This comes after successful negotiations held in 2018in Marrakech Morocco. Among those involved in the preparations are officials from the ministries of Devolution, Interior, Treasury, Foreign Affairs, Transport, ICT, Housing and Urban Planning and the Council of Governors.
The event that is set to take place in Mamboleo showground will be a platform to grow not only Kisumu County but also the entire Lake Region Economic Bloc and Kenya at large. According to the Kisumu County Governor, the Summit will place Kisumu in the world map. He said Kisumu's accommodation and meeting facilities are almost sufficient. “There are 4,961 decent beds in the city and about 9,866 others in the region”, Governor Nyong'o said.
Devolution CS Wamalwa during the signing of the MoU to host the Africities Conference in Kisumu noted the summit will be very beneficial to the Kisumu County Government as it will boost its efforts in elevation of Kisumu City to an International City. He further pinpointed that it will be a great platform to share Kenya’s devolution story. “The hosting of the Summit in Kisumu provides Kenya with an opportunity to share our experiences in implementing the devolved system of government. The adoption of devolution by Kenya through the 2010 Constitution presented a unique opportunity to empower our sub national governments, including cities and municipalities, to improve on service delivery and respond to the aspirations of their citizens”, said the CS.
Africities is the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa's (UCLG- Africa) flagship pan-African event that is held every three years in one of the five regions of Africa. It focuses on the need for Local Africa to learn, promote and present a new approach to sustainable development. It is premised upon SDGs 11 –sustainable cities and communities which seeks to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable and the need to address challenges that hamper the realization of UN’s 2063 Agenda.
As Jane Jacob would say, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” The importance of this summit cannot be gainsaid as it seeks to address development and urban renewal of African cities. The last Africities Summit was held in 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco. The next, which is the 9th edition, will be in Kenya, Kisumu County from the 16th to 20th November, 2021. This will be the second time Kenya is hosting the Summit as it held its first one in 2006. The summit is expected to host around 8,500 delegates from all over the globe. Kisumu will be the first intermediary city, aside from the main cities to host the summit.
The Kisumu County Government as a host has kick started preparations to for the summit. Major revamping is being done around the city. Governor H.E Anyang’ Nyong’o has assured that he is working closely with the National Government to ensure the fruition of the summit. The Governor noted that the pandemic partly slowed the process but appreciated that there is still enough time to plan. “The Covid- 19 will not dampen our commitment to host the summit. We already have planning committees in place and we have enough time to plan. We shall deliver a successful event”, he concluded.



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