The Star (Kenya)

For a suc­cess­ful Afric­i­ties sum­mit, in­vest­ment is key

- Urbanism · Society · African Union · Kenya · Kisumu · Urban Planning · United Cities and Local Governments

Agenda 2063 by the African Union aims at po­si­tion­ing Africa as an eco­nomic pow­er­house and a dom­i­nant player in the global arena. Over the years we have wit­nessed grad­ual struc­tural trans­for­ma­tion, re­newed eco­nomic growth and so­cial progress in most of the ur­ban cities across the con­ti­nent. The in­ter­est­ing bit is that the ur­ban growth is not only the is­sue of large cities but also the many in­ter­me­di­ary cities, which are the hope of a last­ing ur­ban de­vel­op­ment.

One of the cities in Kenya ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this kind un­prece­dented growth is Kisumu city. In Novem­ber 2021, Kisumu is set to be­come the first in­ter­me­di­ary city to host the 9th edi­tion of the Afric­i­ties Sum­mit. This is the United Cities and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments of Africa’s flag­ship pan-african event that is held ev­ery three years in one of the five re­gions of Africa. Af­ter win­ning the bid to host the sum­mit back in 2018, the city has ex­pe­ri­enced re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of var­i­ous projects, in­clud­ing the re­vamp­ing of Kisumu Port that has so far recorded a surge in trad­ing in the cargo sec­tor. The city has also seen an im­prove­ment of fea­tures of its ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of non-mo­torised trans­port sys­tems.

Amid th­ese de­vel­op­ments, there is a need to in­vest in vi­tal el­e­ments to en­sure that Kisumu City and Kenya at large gain eco­nom­i­cally be­cause the most im­por­tant driver and mo­ti­va­tion in host­ing a ma­jor event is the long term ben­e­fits in the in­vest­ments of in­fra­struc­ture and rapid ur­ban trans­for­ma­tion.

IN­NO­CENT OLECHE Kisumu

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