Egypt will host the two-day 25th ordinary session of the Executive Committee of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) on Thursday.
The event will be attended by UCLG President Mohamed Boudra, UCLG Secretary-General Jean Pierre Mbassi, as well as several African ministers of local development and 25 governors and mayors of African cities, who are also members of the committee.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly is scheduled to meet with UCLG executive committee members to review Egypt’s point of view regarding its cooperation with Africa, the Egyptian cabinet revealed in a statement.
They will also discuss means of supporting the progress made at all levels between Egypt and African countries in various fields, the statement added.
Madbouly will attend the signing ceremony of the inauguration of headquarters of the UCLG Africa regional office for North Africa (NARO) in Cairo.
Egypt’s Minister of Local Development General Mahmoud Shaarawy said heads of the African and foreign affairs committees in Egypt’s parliament were also invited, along with governors, international partners, foreign embassies, and United Nations organizations.
Egypt seeks to make the NARO headquarters a hub for qualifying African cadres, especially after its successful African Union presidency, he explained.
“Cairo also aims to discuss the challenges faced by African cities and other important issues with African countries and their international partners to serve the people of the continent.”
The meetings in Cairo will provide the opportunity to discuss and exchange expertise to address several issues, including population growth, solid waste, climate changes, which will benefit various African countries.