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Sixth Africities Summit to be held in Dakar

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), the city of Dakar and the Association of Mayors of Senegal (AMS) are organising the sixth Africities Summit in Dakar, Senegal from 4-8 December 2012.
Regarded as an important platform for dialogue and exchange on decentralisation and local governance in Africa, over the course of its successive summits, the Africities Summit has become the meeting point for stakeholders and decision-makers of local life in Africa. Nearly 5 000 participants from Africa, China, Turkey, Brazil and the rest of the world are expected to attend.

Among the participants are former heads of state, ministers, mayors and local authorities, the officials of the national associations of local authorities, representatives of international organisations, delegates of partnership and funding agencies, of representatives of civil society organisations and the professional, academic and university world, players from the economic world and private companies. All will be meeting in Dakar for five days of discussion, reflection and exchanges on the theme of the Summit: "Building Africa from its territories: what are the challenges for local communities"?

In parallel with the work of the Africities Summit, the International Exhibition of Cities and Local Authorities will be held from 4-7 December. This 5 0002 exhibition space will allow some 200 providers of goods and services to local communities to present their products and share their experiences and their expertise in the African market.