Africities Summit: more than 6,000 participants are anticipated to take part in these 5 days of reflection around the theme of the summit, organized within the framework of thematic sessions, sessions on local policies and strategies, and exhibitions during the Summit.
A Thematic Conference
The main theme will be “The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the Implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063”.
Session Speakers anticipated: President Uhuru Kenyatta, UCLGA Secretary General Elong Mbassi and Cabinet Secretaries Eugene Wamalwa, James Macharia, Permanent Secretaries; Amb. Macharia Kamau, Charles Hinga and Julius Korir, host County Governor Anyang Nyong’o, Egypt Governors; Dr. Manal Awad of Damietta , Abdelhamid Elhaggan of Al Qalyoubia and Ambassador Mohamed Higazy, Former President of the Republic of Seychelles H.E Danny Faure among others.
Expected guests Macky Sall, the President of Senegal and the African Union (AU), former president of Niger, Mohamadou Issoufu, ex-US Secretary of State John Kerry, , UN Habitat Executive Director Ms. Maimunah Sharif, and Executive director UN-Habitat, Vera Songwe. Presentations may be made by Africities goodwill ambassadors, Lupita Nyong’o, Eliud Kipchoge, Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto‘o.
Africities will have specific days organized on major topics that mobilize the attention of leaders of local and national governments, business leaders, and notable personalities such as infrastructure, urban planning and housing, population and growth, environmental impact and climate change in cities, women and youth as well as the Africities Trade and Investment Forum.
There are 4,000 exhibitors and service providers who will showcase their products. The Africities Exhibition offers institutions, economic operators, academia and research, as well as civil society organizations the opportunity to exhibit their experiences, know-how, methods, tools and products.
There is an exhibition on site at the Africities Village, Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium and the Kisumu Business Bazaar at the CBD where business owners, hoteliers, exhibitors and traders were required to submit their details.
The Africities Exhibition also makes it possible to organize B2B meetings with local authorities, which could possibly lead to the signing of necessary contracts. This time Africities 9 summit will also serve as a framework for the elective General Assembly to share on their progress and milestones.
There will be sessions for local artists, music interludes by a DJ, traditional dancers, and spots for entertainment and refreshment at the Africities Village. Food, snacks and soft drinks will be sold within the venue by approved vendors and hoteliers such as the Best Western.
Kisumu County Government, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Sports in partnership with Tourism Limited, has introduced sporting activities on the sidelines of the upcoming 9th Africities Summit.
The tournament dubbed ‘2022 Africities Sports Challenge’ will bring together different teams drawn from the local league and across Africa.
“The 9th Africities Summit presents a golden opportunity to showcase what devolution has achieved for Kenya. Kisumu is indeed privileged to be a case study for participants of the Summit to study firsthand the impact of devolution on our socio-economic and political development as a country,” Kisumu County Governor Professor Anyang Nyong’o.