Open Sessions

SOU 74b - Urban planning and territorial development: challenges and opportunities for African cities

23 Nov

23 November

14:30 to 17:30

Venue: Menara (Hotel Sofitel)


Fédération des Agences Urbaines du Maroc(MAJAL)

Tel: 212 - (0)537572162




Urban and territorial planning is at the heart of the New Urban Agenda. In the global context of a predominantly urban population, it is primarily in cities - particularly in the South - that the main challenges lie, in terms of urban strategies that are better articulated with national and local public policies, efficient decentralization, participatory local governance and bridging the urban divide.   The partnership on the scale of the African continent can be structured around the following axes:
  1. Networking around a shared intervention platform;
  2. Promotion of spaces for dialogue and consultation on urban issues;
  3. Development of cooperation projects on the strengthening of urban planning and territorial development instruments;
  4. Involving local authorities in institutional partnership frameworks;
  5. Contribution to the strengthening of decentralization through the promotion of decentralized cooperation;
  6. Encouragement of private enterprise initiatives and development of public-private partnerships (PPPP).





Presentation: Mrs Khaddouj Guenou – President of Majal

Urban Agencies: an instrument of urban planning and territorial development at the service of cities in Morocco



Panel 3

Cooperation and partnership for sustainable urban planning in African cities


Moderator: Mr Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi: Secretary General – UCLGA

Panelists : – Mr Khalid Safir – Wali, Director General of Local Authorities, Ministry of Interior

– Mr. Gilbert Tsimi Evouna – Mayor of Yaoundé, Cameroon

– Mr. Muhammad Kezaala Baswale – Mayor of Jinja, Uganda

– Mr. Mourad Amil – Director of the Urban Agency of Settat

– Mr Jérôme Chenal -Expert, Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, Switzerland



15h30-16h00: Debate


16h00-16h30 : Signing of partnership agreements:

– Convention: Majal, UN-Habitat, UCLGA – Municipalities (Morocco and partner cities)


– Majal Agreement, UCLGA – Holding d’Aménagement Al Omrane


Synthesis of the work: Mr. Monceyf Fadili – Expert, Consultant to Majal

Closing remarks: Mrs Khaddouj Guenou – President of Majal