Accra, 3 June 2015 – The 4th World Summit of Mayors continues in Accra with discussions on various areas of enhancing the capacity and taking care of cities and nations in Africa.
An area that was dealt with was “The Role of Mayor in Community Development”. Here, the Paramount Chief of the Akyem Abuakwa State, Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, focused on Africa’s future and how it needs to be addressed and managed appropriately. He eloquently explained that the continent needs to reach a point in which we will appreciate the progress made adding that “although change needs to be radical and is not for those who are faint at heart, it nonetheless needs to be facilitated within the bounds of municipal laws”. However the pursuance of a better future on the continent is crucial because it should no longer be synonymous with concepts such as death and disease.
Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II also implored that “never forget your tradition, who you are, and where you are from”. He also spoke on the problem of the rising population in the city of Accra emphasizing that there is a limit to how many people the city could accommodate, and that that limit has been exceeded.
A theme that was upheld by many speakers was that the power of change is within the reach of everyone and that it is possible. What is required therefore is for African leaders to harness the power of collaboration and focus.
Furthermore, an entire session was dedicated to addresses by the United Nations Systems, such as the UNDP, UNFPA, IOM and UNICEF. Through them topics such as Transformative Growth, the Management of Human Capital, Immigration and Children were elaborated on and nuanced. From the speakers’ presentation it was clear that “the world is rapidly changing” and there is still much more to be done to allow for the African continent and those connected to it benefit from global trends in socio-economic prosperity.