By E K Benj Updated at 2034 EAT on Wednesday 03rd Nov 2021
KIGALI – RWANDA – Representatives of 11 ASToN cities on the African continent are holding a transnational meeting to review on the Progress of each city project and discuss how to achieve the intended objectives
Kampala City edged 11 African Cities to claim a lead City role in the Africa Smart Towns Network. (ASToN) It was selected as the lead City among the Twelve 11 African cities in the Africa Smart Towns Network.
This followed a competitive submission to the call for applications organized by the French Development Agency (AFD).
The ASToN African cities include;
- Algiers (Algeria)
- Bamako (Mali)
- Ben Guerir (Morocco)
- Bizerte (Tunisia)
- Kampala (Uganda)
- Kigali (Rwanda)
- Kumasi (Ghana)
- Lagos (Nigeria)
- Maputo-Matola (Mozambique)
- Niamey (Niger)
- Nouakchott (Mauritania)
- Sèmè-Kpodji (Benin)
KCCA placed a strong emphasis on automation of processes in service delivery like Revenue Management System (e-Citie), Smart Permits, Traffic Control Centre, Digital Communication among others.
“This nomination reaffirmed our commitment to harnessing the power of digital towards improved service delivery. As the lead City, Kampala plays a key role in sharing experiences with other Cities on best practices across all service areas.” Martin Ssekajja, ASToN Project Manager and Head of IT at KCCA says.
AFD financed the creation of this network of African cities around Smart City issues (African Smart Towns Network – ASToN), following the method set up by the European URBACT programme which promotes exchanges and cooperation between cities within thematic networks at the European level. Nearly 1,000 European cities and more than 10,000 local actors have participated in URBACT I (2002-2006), II (2007-2013) and III (2014-2020) activities.
The project was launched in October 2019 and its activities are expected to go on for 3 years.