4th World Forum on Local Economic Development: African Local Governments to examine the informal economy and climate change

The City of Praia (Cape Verde) will host the 4th World Forum on Local Economic Development (LED), October 17-20, 2017.

Over 1,500 participants from 120 countries are expected to attend the meeting organized by UNDP (United Nations Development Program); UCLG (United Cities and Local Government); ILO (International Labor Organization); FAMSI (The Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity); and ORU-FOGAR. UCLG Africa (http://APO.af/RHgtRo), the umbrella organization of local governments on the continent, will participate in the event with a delegation led by the Secretary General, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi.

The Forum will be a venue for exchange on local economic development. The theme of the 4th edition is, “The contributions of local economic development to the implementation of the 2030 development program.” It aims to provide guidance and principles for action to implement SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all (http://APO.af/moxd52) and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals (http://APO.af/yn8EW7).

The organizing committee’s presentation sheet specifies that a special emphasis will be placed on the reduction of inequalities through local economic development.

The forum will witness the participation of the President of the Republic of Cape Verde; the Prime Minister of Cape Verde; ministers from Ivory Coast, Angola, Mauritania and Bolivia, as well as numerous local and regional elected officials from Africa and other parts of the world.

During the forum, UCLG Africa will organize two sessions on October 18, 2017; the first of which is entitled, “Climate Change and LED: How to mitigate the effects of Climate Change while promoting Local Economic Development.” This will focus on the economic opportunities that climate change offers to people, including the poorest, building on the good practices of some African cities, notably Porto-Novo with the Songhai project implemented in Benin (http://APO.af/8Nq6qo) and on the experience of the 11 pilot cities, parties to the Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Saharan Africa (http://APO.af/22YUJ5).

The second session entitled, “Informal economy between regularization and access during transitional phases,” will highlight the issues that need to be addressed with regard to the integration of the informal sector into the local economic development strategies and solutions provided by local governments in Africa and elsewhere.

Please consult the key positions of local and regional governments on local economic development over here (http://APO.af/yZzD9U).

To learn more about the forum, please visit this link: (http://APO.af/2C9jJV).

For further information on LED in Africa, please access here: (http://APO.af/vasYfD).

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa).

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The Gauteng Province and GE Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Economic Development

  • The MoU covers collaboration in the Energy and Healthcare sectors.
  • Through the collaboration, GE will support the Premier’s Office’s “Tshepo 1 Million” youth empowerment programme, which focuses on creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for the Gauteng youth.

The Gauteng Province (www.Gauteng.gov.za) and GE (www.GE.com) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on projects in the key economic sectors of Energy and Healthcare.

Under the MoU, GE and the Office of the Premier will work together to identify critical areas for collaboration and leverage on the vast economic opportunities within the Gauteng Province.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Gauteng premier David Makhura said; “We are delighted to be going into a partnership with a world-renowned company such as GE which not only supports our vision of turning Gauteng into a globally competitive City Region, but will also help us create an inclusive economy that will see the youth of Gauteng become active agents in the economy.”

The collaboration will also see GE support the Premier’s Office’s “Tshepo 1 Million” programme, an employment creation and entrepreneurship development programme aimed at training, skilling and mentoring young people through empowering projects.

“Our social responsibility platform aims to empower people by building valuable skills, equipping communities with new tools and technology and elevating innovative ideas that are helping solve Africa’s challenges,” said Jay Ireland, President & CEO, GE Africa. “This collaboration reinforces our commitment to support South Africa’s socio-economic growth through innovative and localized solutions.”

GE has a strong commitment to contribute to South Africa’s sustainable development especially in skills and small medium enterprise development. In 2016, GE opened the Africa Innovation Centre that is an integrated Centre dedicated to leveraging GE’s global expertise for innovation in Africa. The Centre is the 10th GE Innovation Centre globally and the 1st Innovation Centre for GE in Africa.

Partnerships with Governments and local companies form a very important part of GE’s growth in Sub-Sahara Africa. GE has signed MoUs with the Governments of several countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and Ghana to develop infrastructure projects, including sustainable energy solutions, providing efficient and reliable transportation as well as improving access to quality healthcare. These MoUs involve significant investments in creating jobs and human capital development.

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Minister Muthambi launches the European Union Public Service Training & Capacity Building Programme at the opening of the 19th Public Sector Trainers’ Forum (PSTF) Conference

The National School of Government (NSG) will be hosting the 19th Public Sector Trainers’ Forum Conference from 16 – 18 October 2017. This is a biennial event that provides opportunity to human resource development practitioners to reflect critically on their role in the context of building a capable and developmental state. Among others, the conference will discuss strategies for career pathing, mentoring, knowledge management, utilisation of technologies in training and development, as well as how trainers/facilitators for public sector can be professionalised to empower other public servants.

In this year’s PSTF Conference, the NSG will be launching the Public Service Training & Capacity Building Programme in partnership with the European Union. The partnership is for a period of four years during which the EU will be supporting the NSG in various areas such as curriculum development and training methodologies so that it can fulfil its training mandate better. Minister Faith Muthambi will be hosting His Excellency, Ambassador Mr Marcus Cornaro, of the EU Delegation of the Republic of South Africa.

The conference will take place for three days (16th – 18th October) after which resolutions for the next two years will be made and the Deputy Minister for MPSA will deliver the closing address on the last day.

Media is invited to attend the launch of the EU – NSG programme and the opening of the 19th PSTF Conference, which will be followed by media briefing. The following are the details:

  • Date: 16 October 2017
  • Venue: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand
  • Time: 09:00

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U.S. Senators James Inhofe and Michael Enzi visit Ethiopia

U.S. Senators James Inhofe and Michael Enzi visited Ethiopia on October 12 and 13 to discuss U.S.-Ethiopian relations. The Senators met with Prime Minister Hailemariam.

During the meeting the Senators highlighted the value the United States places on its bilateral relations with Ethiopia and the strong ties between our people. They reiterated the United States’ commitment to working in partnership with Ethiopia to take on challenges such as regional security and economic development. Senators Inhofe and Enzi expressed a sincere desire to provide whatever assistance would be helpful to address the ongoing tensions in Ethiopia, and reaffirmed the strong friendship between our two nations.

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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