12 February 2018

Africans Urged to Invest in Urbanisation Issues

The Commissioner for Political Affairs for the African Union Mrs. Minata Cessouma says urbanisation and development go together and there is need to invest in issues of urbanisation to make implementation of the new urban agenda successful.

The Commissioner was speaking at the on-going world urban forum held at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia since Wednesday last week to discuss the issues around the implementation of the agenda adopted by the member states of the African Union in 2016 with a view to develop cities for all nations.

Mrs. Cessouma said there is need for governments, civil society as well as private sector to promote issues of urbanisation and ensure that the cities are developed for all.

She said supporting effective implementation of the new urban agenda to facilitate all things that affect people can help towards the development of cities for all.

Mrs. Cessouma stated that partnership between the communities can also contribute in making countries to implement the agenda successfully.

She therefore appealed to the Africans to work hard to ensure that the new urban agenda is entered into force as planned.

At the forum, Lesotho is represented by the Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship Mr. Habofanoe Lehana who has been accompanied by the Ministry's Principal Secretary, Mr. Ts'eliso Mokoko and other officials.

The forum officially ended on Tuesday. It was intended to create awareness of the new urban agenda to develop safe cities for all.

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