Commonwealth Local Govt meet underway
Board members of the Commonwealth local governments Conference (CLGC) want the Common Wealth to set up an agency responsible for local governments of the member states.
Ugandan minister for local government, Adolf Mwesige, who is CLGC chairperson, told our news desk this morning on the sides of a closed door meeting of board members that member countries want a fully-fledged agency at the Commonwealth to take care of their interests.
The conference to be officially opened by President Yoweri Museveni later in the evening is taking place at Speke Resort Munyonyo an upscale Kampala suburb.During the ongoing closed door deliberations of board members, Mwesige said the member countries resolved to petition the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that takes place in Sri Lanka in November to adopt their resolutions.
He said the CLGC will hold elections for new board members on Friday when the conference ends. The minister said they also plan to review and approve the business plan, budget and audit accounts.
Uganda won the bid to host the CLGC two years ago after beating other countries. The conference that runs on the theme: “Developmental Local Government: Putting Local Government at the heart of development” is expected to provide a high level forum for the discussion of the status of decentralization around the world with a view to identifying good practice and international knowledge-sharing.
It’s also expected to influence policy and international thinking on the post-2015 global agenda, focusing on poverty reduction and ensure efficient provision of local services, position local government to be an active partner in the post-2015 debate among others issues.
The CLGC is the big international event in the local government calendar for senior decision-makers and practitioners to meet and learn about new ideas, approaches, and products that can support their councils to deliver better services.
According to Mwesige, the conference that is held after every two years will permit Uganda to showcase local government projects and partnerships in the country.The conference is expected to be attended by over 500 high-level politicians, policy-makers and practitioners from national and local governments across the world.