Jinja Municipal Council is organizing Uganda’s first ever Urban Expo to be held at Civil Service College Jinja which is expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors from over 50 countries. The event is expected to run from the 5th to 9th of September 2018.
According to the statement realized, “the main aim of the expo is to influence government and other policy makers, on the importance and the role of secondary cities in the social economic development of a country, and to encourage the private sector to invest more in secondary cities.”
The various topics of discussion will include role of secondary cities in economic development, SDGs and the new urban agenda, migration in cities, environmental protection and climate change, Innovative solutions to urban challenges, equitable economic growth.
This expo will also give participants “a platform to exhibit their products to the urban managers of the East African regional market and Uganda in particular and also enable interface with potential municipality local government clients and avail them an opportunity to explore prospects for business” added the statement.
Jinja Municipal Council will host the expo in collaboration with Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cities Alliance and other strategic partners. The event is expected to bring together National leaders, Ministers, Mayors, Urban Managers, Scholars, Urban experts, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, non-governmental organizations, development funders and partners to discuss issues affecting Urbanization; Migration in cities, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda, unveil the business opportunities and investment potential in secondary cities.