Steady economic growth in most African countries leads to rapid and unprecedented growth in urbanization and motorization in African cities. The rate of growth of urbanization and motorization surpasses that of the transport infrastructure and investments made to cope with the demand. To be able to sustain the pace of higher economic growth, African countries need to develop transport policies that can ensure a comprehensive and sustainable expansion and performance of the transport sector. In this regard, efficient and inclusive urban access and mobility is at the heart of sustainable urban development, poverty reduction and growth agendas. However, urban areas in most parts of Africa, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are facing major development challenges having what is considered as dramatically low levels of access and mobility.

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and the African association of local and regional governments, will organize from November 20 - 24, 2018, in Marrakech (Morocco), the eighth edition of the Africities Summit, in collaboration with Moroccan Association of Presidents of Communal Councils (AMPCC), with the support of the Ministry of the Interior of Morocco. The theme of this Summit is, "The transition to sustainable cities and territories: The role of African local and regional authorities ".

SSATP has been identified and invited to take the lead in organizing the Local Strategies Session on Public Services - Mobility and Transport scheduled for November 21 in the morning. This session focuses on policies and strategies that lead to structural improvements of urban mobility. The session will showcase key factors for successes in a context of fast-developing cities and metropolitan regions, with a strong emphasis on the inter-relation of urban development, mobility, accessibility, and governance frameworks.

For more information about the Summit please visit the official website:

SSATP's Session Note: EN PDF

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