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Local Economy: Cities from Different Continents Present Experiences in Marrakech

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Cities from different continents presented, here on Wednesday, their experiences in matters of local economy promotion.
Local Economy: Cities from Different Continents Present Experiences in Marrakech
21 November 2018

Panellists, gathered at the 8th Africities summit, heard exposés presented by representatives of the cities of Chefchaouen (Morocco), Bamako (Mali), Yokohama (Japan) and Lille (France).

Speakers at a session, titled “Towards a New Local Economy”, spoke of steps made by their cities for the promotion of local economy.

President of the Council of Marrakech-Safi Region, Ahmed Akhchichen, said elected representatives have a key role to play to help emerge a new vision for local development revolving around the creation of wealth and enshrine the values of citizenship.

He dwelt on efforts made by Morocco to achieve a balanced territorial development and lay down the foundations of a genuine local economy.

President of the commune of Chechaouen, Mohamed Sefiani, reviewed programmes that helped his city become a first-class tourism destination both nationally and internationally.

Local development in the city is founded on tourism, a sector that plays the role of engine for the promotion of other sectors, he added, stressing the importance of the National Initiative for Human Development as a leverage to the efforts made to fight poverty and exclusion.

Yokohama’s deputy mayor, Kazumi Kobayachi, briefed participants on how his city managed to raise from its ashes in the fallout of World War II to become a highly developed hub.

The city’s development was built following the implementation of major projects taking into account economic and demographic growth, he said, citing the example of the sectors of infrastructures and waste management. This progress made the city of Yokohama a source of inspiration for several African cities, the deputy mayor added.

A representative of the French city of Lille said the latter managed to take up successfully the challenge of development thanks to the contribution of certain sectors such as agriculture, tourism and the environment.

For his part, the deputy mayor of Bamako said the Malian capital is still facing constraints related to demographic and migration pressures and weak economic activity. Efforts are, however, made to overcome these problems, he said.

More than 5.000 participants, including civil society activists and partners from other cities in the world, are attending the 8th Africities Summit with the aim of giving a new impetus to development and integration in Africa.

Themed “Transition to Sustainable Cities and Territories: The Role of Territorial Communities of Africa», the Marrakesh Summit, which will wind up November 24, is held under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI.

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