Creating sustainable cities

(Photo: Anteneh Aklilu)

The French Embassy in Addis pre seminar focuses on sustainable cites in east Africa which can create an input for the 2020 France-Africa summit.
The seminar was opened by the French Ambassador to Ethiopia, Frédéric Bontems, who suggested that cities should give priority to infrastructure, education, and technology to create proper sustainable development.
This seminar was an occasion to discuss the priority sectors for businesses and citizens, the ways to improve life for precarious neighborhoods, the elements contributing to the attractiveness of African cities, the role of innovation, and the contribution of the different stakeholders of cities. The goal was to contribute to a list of 100 tentative ideas for sustainable cities.
The seminar participants also recommended that stakeholders preserve heritages to get income from tourists while beautifying and preserving history.
As announced by President Emmanuel Macron in Ouagadougou in November 2017, France vowed to contribute to the invention of the sustainable city of the future in Africa. The theme of the next Africa-France summit that will take place in June 2020 which will expect to bring together local authorities, businesses, and society civil actors.