Africities secretariat has mapped out 9, 800 rooms to accommodate guests during the international summit to be held in Kisumu from May 17 -21, 2022.
The facilities spread across Kisumu and the neighbouring counties have been inspected and certified to host the guests.
Africities Secretariat member Alloyce Ager said facilities, among them hotels and air b and b, he said were set to give visitors world-class experience. He disclosed that so far 3, 000 delegates have registered for the continental fete.
More delegates, he added continue to express interest in the event which is set to bring together over 10 heads of state and governments to deliberate on the role of intermediary cities in Africa’s development.
Kisumu which is the first intermediary city to host the conference, he said was on course to deliver a world-class fete for the over 10,000 delegates expected.
Speaking on Thursday during a tour of the Sh.1.2 billion Afri-Cities Convention Centre which is under construction at Mamboleo showground, Ager who was flanked by government Spokesman Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna said the facility was set to transform conference tourism in the area.
Ager said the contractor was on course to deliver the project expressing optimism that the venue shall be ready ahead of the conference.
“We have reviewed the contractors workplans and we have no doubt that the facility shall be handed over on 1st April so that we have at least one month to prepare for our guests,” he said.
Phase one of the project, costing Sh 1.4 billion, he said comprised of conference halls and breakaway rooms, a restaurant among other amenities. Phase two of the project to cost Sh 400 million, he said will comprise amphitheatre and additional conference facilities.
Oguna who led a team of journalists on a tour of government projects in the area said preparations for the Afri-Cities Conference were in top gear.
“Kenya is known for our hospitality and holding world-class conferences. This facility here is a demonstration of the government’s commitment to keep up with the tradition,” he said
Oguna said the centre will go a long way in promoting conference tourism in the region given Kisumu’s proximity to Uganda and other East African countries.
The government, he added has put stringent measures in place to ensure seamless movement of the guests by road and air into Kisumu during the conference.
The Afri-Cities Conference, he added will boost Kisumu’s economy with over Sh10 billion expected to circulate in the area during the fete.
EXPLAINER ABOUT AFRICITIES:
Africities summit is the largest democratic gathering organized in Africa. It is the main platform for dialogue on decentralization and local governance that brings together every three years, African ministers; mayors, leaders and elected officials of local and regional governments; civil society organizations; traditional authorities; representatives of the African diaspora; economic actors ; experts, researchers and academics; financial institutions; and development partners.
The theme of the 9th Africities Summit, which will be held from 17 to 21 May 2022 in Kisumu, is: “The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the Implementation of Agenda 2030 of the About Africities General architecture of the Summit United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063”.
Kisumu is the first ever intermediary city to host the Africities Summit
The previous 8th Africities edition, held in Marrakesh from 20 to 24 November 2018 in Morocco, registered attendance topped a record of 8,300 participants