Premier David Makhura is leading a delegation of Gauteng official at the Association of Major Metropolises’ XII World Congress. The four-day global event is currently taking place in Montreal, Canada.
Held under the theme: “Global Challenges: “Major Cities in Action,” the congress includes the participation of leaders from big cities around the world, including public, institutional, private, community and academic stakeholders.
The President of Metropolis, Denis Coderre, who is also the Mayor of the City of Montreal, invited Premier David Makhura to attend the congress, which intends to showcase and acknowledge good urban practices from all over the world.
The congress aims to develop debates among the different, urban management stakeholders through innovative networking. As a member of the Metropolis World Association, the Gauteng Provincial Government will have discussions lead by Premier Makhura on sustainable development in the context of urban settings.
The key discussion will be on governance models, partnerships in energy efficiencies, managing cities in metropolitan areas and managing water and waste.
The Premier’s participation will play an important role in creating a strong presence of the provincial government in leading international institutions. This will also present networking opportunities and the promotion of the Gauteng brand in terms of trade and investment.
The Metropolis which was established in 1955, is globally recognised as an organisation that brings cities and metropolitan regions with millions of people together. It works as an international forum, that explores issues and apprehensions that are common in all the major cities, metropolitan governments, regions, provinces and state governments.
This organisation currently represents the authorities of 138 renowned cities and metropolitan areas in Africa, America, Caribbean, Asia, Pacific, and Europe. Its vision is to build a network of initiatives among metropolitan governments. This includes including their cooperating partners that champion the promotion of partnership projects for urban sustainability.