Uganda selected to host 2013 Commonwealth Local Government Conference

April 2011

Hon Adolf Mwesige, Minister for Local Government, Uganda today announced Uganda has won the bid to host the 2013 Commonwealth Local Government Conference.

Speaking today in Kampala, Minister Mwesige said, ‘The Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Local Government (MOLG) will host the conference, which is run by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), with support from the Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) and other local partners.  It will be held in Kampala in May 2013 and address how local government can be empowered to reduce poverty, stimulate the local economy, provide better services to the community and ensure good local governance.’

Uganda won the competition to host the 2013 conference after a highly competitive bidding process.

The Commonwealth Local Government Conference 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. It will permit Uganda to showcase local government projects and partnerships in Kampala and the surrounding.

The conference is held every two years and it is the first time it has been held in Uganda or East Africa.  The conference will attract over 500 high-level politicians, policy-makers and practitioners from national and local governments from around the world, with a significant number of people from Uganda, across Africa and further afield from Asia, Europe and the Pacific.

Speakers at previous conferences have included HE President Museveni, Prime Minister Kamala Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago, Prime Minister Bruce Golding of Jamaica, UNDP Administrator Rt Hon Helen Clark and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as ministers responsible for local government, mayors, senior local government leaders and officials and partners from the private sector, development agencies and civil society.

Also speaking in Kampala CLGF Secretary-General Carl Wright said, “This conference is CLGF’s flagship event that brings together our members, key players in local government from across the Commonwealth. Local government must become more confident and strive for continuous improvement to shape our cities and towns and improve the quality of life and aspirations of the two billion people who live in the Commonwealth. The conference is a unique opportunity for knowledge-sharing, for delegates to learn about innovations and good practice from their peers. We are looking forward to visiting Kampala and hearing about their good practice, including around decentralisation, meeting the Aberdeen Principles, and their plans for giving more power to local councils and communities to help tackle poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals.”

Hon Adolf Mwesige further stated, “We are delighted to be hosting this conference in Uganda.  We hope that colleagues from across the Commonwealth will come to share learn from the experience of Uganda in putting decentralisation policies into practice, and how we measure up to the Commonwealth principles for local government in the Commonwealth Aberdeen Agenda.  We also look forward to hearing from our peers to learn from them about some of the innovative ways in which they are improving local services to meet the needs of citizens and improve the quality of their lives.“