Strong local government is critical for nation building. Resilient and effective governance and development at the local level provides the foundation for a strong nation, according to delegates at the 2013 Commonwealth Local Government Conference.
The Kampala declaration on developmental local government is the outcome of the 2013 Commonwealth Local Government Conference held in Kampala, Uganda from 14-17 May. Read more
HE President Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda, has said that his government introduced the decentralisation system of government to strengthen the local government as a way of empowering communities to participate in the development process. He said this was a great way of working to find solutions to the challenges facing them as a community than relying on the centre for solutions.
President Museveni was speaking at the opening of the 2013 Commonwealth Local Government Conference in Kampala, Uganda on 14 May. President Museveni, who is also the Patron of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, also welcomed Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa who also spoke at the opening. They were joined by CLGF Chairperson Lawrence Yule, Uganda Minister for Local Government and CLGF Vice-chairperson Adolf Mwesige, EAC Secretary-General Richard Sezibera, Uganda Local Governments Association President Cllr Odok Peter W’Oceng and CLGF Secretary-General Carl Wright. Read more
Vice President of Uganda, HE Edward K Ssekandi, today launched the 2013 Commonwealth Local Government Conference to a packed audience of stakeholders including development agencies, the private sector, local councils and the diplomatic community at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala. The conference, run by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, will take place in Kampala in May 2013, hosted by Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Local Government and in cooperation with the Uganda Local Governments Association. The conference is held every two years and 2013 will be the first time it has been held in East Africa.
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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.'
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