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Local governments are essential actors for Africa development

The political sessions opened this Wednesday 03 December 2015 at the 7th edition of the Africities.

During the political sessions officials and delegates were unanimous: the development of the continent has to start from the ground and local authorities have a predominant role to play given that they are in daily contact with the people and consequently more aware of their realities.     

Local authorities are very much aware of their responsibilities « Local authorities know what they want and where the want to be », stressed Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar and President of UCLG Africa. According to him, « local authorities have even the will to become more efficient ». In order to achieve that « competence transfer » will require « resource transfer » as well pleaded the current President of the UCLG Africa:

« It is time to transform local governments efficiently   », said Pravin Gordhan, South African Minister for Cooperative governance and Traditional Affairs. For that purpose « information exchange » are therefore required said the Minister; an idea that was warmly welcome by the Secretary General of the UCLG Africa, Jean Pierre ELONG MBASSI.