Uganda to Host East and Central African Cities Forum

Kivulu, a slum in Kampala city. The forum will discuss slum development

Kampala is slated to host the East and Central African cities development forum this month, malady to discuss urban development, financing and ways to deal with the rapid urbanization challenges.

The two day dialogue from May 24 to 26 will be held at the Commonwealth Resort in Munyonyo
and will attract participants from several African, global countries.

Speakers at the forum include Dr. Jockin Arputham, President National Slum Dwellers of India, Cesar Queiroz a former World Bank Advisor on Highways, Jean Francois Habeau Executive Directoe Global Fund for Cities Development and Joshua Gallo a Municipal Finance Specialist at World Bank.

Among others who will present at the dialogue is KCCA Executive Director Jeniffer Musisi and the head of National Planning Authority Dr. Joseph Muvawala.

The high level discussion convenes at the back drop of a huge infrastructure deficit compounded with the rapid rate of urbanization and less municipal financing capacity across the region.

This necessitates that cities find ways of increasing capital investments to enhance their livability, efficiency and productivity.

During the two day forum, all cities in the region (capital and secondary cities) will have an opportunity to identify at least three priority infrastructure projects to be presented to invited Development Finance Institutions and international investors. These projects include; transport, renewable energy, housing and market development.

Discussions will centre on themes like inclusive growth, slum upgrade, trade and economic growth, urban governance, climate change and disaster management as well as urban planning among others.

The Prime Minister of Uganda, Rt Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda is expected to officially open the forum on May 24.



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