The eighth Africities, which is being held in Marrakech on November 20-24, has brought together 500 exhibitors and more than 7,000 attendees.
Rabat – The major goal of every Africities summit is to address the strategic framework to implement the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063.
By inviting key regional stakeholders, including governments, civil society, non-governmental organizations, among many others, the summit has drawn particular attention to sustainable citizenship and the future of African cities. This year’s event convened more than 16,500 local communities around Africa.
The theme for this year’s event was “The Transition to Sustainable Cities and Territoires, The Role of Local and Sub-National Governments in Africa.”
The event has so far featured 24 keynote speakers, including Abdelouafi Laftit, Morocco’s interior minister; minister of migrations Abdelkrim Benoutiq; and the mayor of Casablanca Abdelaziz El Omari.
During the first three days, the forum’s participants tackled a wide-variety of global concerns ranging from climate change, social policy and urban housing, to the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
In conjunction with this event, Africities also holds a youth forum for young Africans between the age of 15 and 35, which will include a hackathon competition.
Since its inaugural summit in Abidjan in 1988, Cote d’Ivoire, the Africities summit has been held every three years.