Africities: Kisumu County First Lady, Tourism Minister welcome delegates

For the first time ever, an intermediary city, Kisumu City – Kenya is playing host to the 9th Edition of Africities Summit, from the 17th to the 21st of May 2022.

County Minister for Tourism, Sports, Arts and Culture, Achie Ojany – Alai while speaking to KBC Digital said that the summit had brought about a huge turnaround of delegates, especially from foreign countries that include Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia, South Africa, Egypt and Morocco and more.

County Minister for Tourism, Sports, Arts and Culture, Achie Ojany – Alai

The Tourism Minister also added that delegates from Kenya were not left out as she acknowledged the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta who opened the summit, Raila Odinga who was there in his official capacity as the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development, Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Eugene Wamalwa, Governors, Senators, Members of Parliament and County Government officials.

Ms Achie noted that members of the private sector had also invested in the summit in terms of climate change, culture and infrastructure and connectivity.

“The over 1000 local exhibitors at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Cultural Center in the City are also reaping big, especially from the increased sales while the international exhibitions are also fantastic, some of the stands are quite outstanding and gives all of us an opportunity to see what is happening around the world,” said Ms Achie.

First Lady Dorothy Nyon’go on her part welcomed all delegates and guests saying that this was a huge opportunity for Kisumu County as the conference had brought in delegates from around the world.

She encouraged all visiting guests to walk around and see what the summit has to offer but also insisted on networking for bigger and better opportunities.

Africities is a Pan Africa conference that is convened by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-A) and brings together the leadership of cities and sub-national governments and their associations for the advancement of decentralization and local governance aimed at improving the living standards of the citizens.

Africities Summits have been held every three years since 1998 when the first meeting was held in Abijan, Ivory Coast.

Other Cities to host the summit include Johannesburg-South Africa, Dakar-Senegal and Marrakech-Morocco (twice).


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