Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio is now an honorary member of the Union of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa in the college of former Mayors and Leaders of local authorities in Africa. The President of the Senate was honored at the 9th edition of the Africities Summit, held from May 17 to 21, 2022, in Kisumu, KENYA. He received this afternoon his attributes from the hands of Paulin Claude Danho, President of the Union of Cities and Communes of Côte d’Ivoire (UVICOCI) to the permanent office of the Institution located in Cocody.
Jeannot Ahousou-Kouadio expressed his gratitude to President Alassane Ouattara whose invaluable support allowed him to be elected President of the Bélier Regional Council and then to preside over the destinies of the Assembly of Regions and Districts of Côte d’Ivoire.
“It is in these qualities that I was able to contribute and successfully support the repositioning of theUVICOCI within the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF) and on the other hand the assertion of ARDCI’s leadership within the International Association of Francophone Regions (AIRF)”, he specified.
The President of the Senate dedicated this recognition to all the Presidents of Regional Councils and Mayors of Côte d’Ivoire for their daily actions which contribute to shaping decentralization in our country in the long term.
“I would like to ask you to translate my infinite gratitude to all the decision-makers of our common organization for the honor bestowed on me. With me, the Senate of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire is honored by this distinction and undertakes to continue its efforts to implement the conclusions of the Senate Forum with local authorities held on 17 and February 18, 2020 and on the other hand the seminar organized with local authorities from October 19 to 21, 2021 with a view to drawing up an advocacy document with the government. All these meetings raised the important issues relating to the effective transfer of powers from the State to the communities, the status of the local elected representative and the staff of the local authorities, local taxation and decentralized cooperation”, he added. he mentioned.
Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio declared that “together, local authorities and the Senate, we have the duty to contribute to the preservation of peace and social cohesion, guarantees of the stability of the Institutions of the Republic and the realization of the major projects of the Côte d’Ivoire solidarity promised by President Alassane Ouattara”
“We must also, for future generations, work to preserve the environment for the conduct of innovative initiatives that perfectly combine subsistence requirements and action plans for the implementation of the 2030 agenda of the UN and the African Union’s 2063 agenda. To achieve this great ambition, the Senate is committed to deploying the necessary and expected institutional and legislative support to give Ivorian local authorities the means to play their part fully,” he concluded.
Harlette Badou Kouame N’GuessanSecretary General of theUVICOCIrecalled that it is on the occasion of the 9th edition of the Africities Summit, held from May 17 to 21, 2022, in Kisumu in KENYA organized, for the attention of African communities by United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) that the President of the Senate of Côte d’Ivoire was distinguished and the country was honored with the election of Paulin Claude Danho, President of the Union of Cities and Communes of Côte d’Ivoire (UVICOCI), as Vice-President of UCLG-Africa.
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“The renewal of the governing bodies of the networks of local authorities allowed the election of Mr. Paulin Claude Danho, President of the Union of Cities and Municipalities of Côte d’Ivoire (UVICOCI), as Vice-President of UCLG-Africa. Mr. Yapi Fidel, Then, Director General of Decentralization and Local Development was elected President of the Network of African Local Government Finance Institutions (RIAFCO). Mr. Yapo Jean Jacques, Managing Director of theUVICOCI was elected vice-president of the Network of Managers of Associations of African Communities. The icing on the cake is the distinction made to Mr. Jeannot Ahoussou-KouadioPresident of the Senate, for his remarkable contribution and his commitment to the development of local authorities in Côte d’Ivoire and Africa”, explained the SG.
She announced that the participation of Côte d’Ivoire in the 9ᵉ Africities Summit therefore has many advantages. According to the SG, with the election of Côte d’Ivoire at the head of the Network of African Local Government Finance Institutions (RIAFCO), the country becomes the main player in the discussions of programs to promote municipal financial markets.
In this regard, the Ivorian local authorities, in partnership with structures such as the Global Fund for the Development of Cities (FMDV), will be able to benefit more easily from technical expertise and financial engineering and access the external financial resources necessary for financing of their urban development projects, through the Loan Fund for Local Authorities (FPCL).
Several contacts have been established with various partners and a partnership agreement has been co-signed by the Director General of Decentralization and Local Development, the President of theUVICOCI and the representative of the President of ARDCI with the 01 talent structure to accelerate the digital transformation of all Ivorian local authorities through different, innovative training and pedagogies adapted to all local executives.
“To this must be added the intentions of collaboration expressed for the Moroccan Decentralization Fund, the Global Fund for the Development of Anticipatory Cities, the Covenant of Mayors of Sub-Saharan Africa for the Climate, the World Covenant of Mayors for the climate with deepening of exchanges in kisumu, the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the DG ofUVICOCI and the CEO of the Belgian structure called “Echos communication” to concretize a future partnership for the development of sustainable projects on the axis of the development of territorial coaching in the municipalities of Côte d’Ivoire”.