The City Conference Is Officially Opened in Kisumu – The ninth article of the African Urban Forum, kicked off on Tuesday morning in Kisumu.
This year’s theme is “The Role of African Cities in the Implementation of the United Nations Development Agenda by 2030 as well as the African Union Development Agenda by 2063”.
Inaugurating the forum, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 epidemic, county governments have played a key role in preventing and responding to the epidemic.
In his inaugural address, Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang ’Nyong’o said that moderate cities, such as Kisumu, serve as an excellent example of the benefits of devolution. He said the conference was organized at a time when urban areas were witnessing a huge wave of rural dwellers moving to cities.
This is the first time that a moderate City has hosted the forum.
Kenya has been awarded the second chance to host the conference after organizing a similar symposium in 2006 in Nairobi. The conference is attended by 4,500 delegates.