Conference REsolutions Africa / Marrakesh 2014

11/12 December 2014
Financing African Cities: agenda, alliances and solutions



With 1.3 billion of city dwellers by the year 2030, which will represent more than one African out of two, Africa offers the greatest potential of urbanization worldwide. The 52 metropolitan cities of over one million inhabitants, and the multitude of intermediary cities, abound with unique opportunities for economic innovation and human development to be grasped by all urban stakeholders.


This potential is based specifically on an emerging middle class that should match the one of China by 2020, a growth rate of about 6% per year, and an economic weight estimated at U.S. $ 700 billion (approximately 36% of Africa's GDP).


However, ensuring that the African cities of tomorrow will be endowed with a secure and attractive economic environment at the national, regional, and international levels implies responding to the needs created by the urban transitions. Those needs revolve around urban infrastructures, appropriate regulatory frameworks, strengthening of urban/ peri-urban/ rural balances, and capacities of planning, management and transparency to secure, in the long term, the necessary investments.


Urbanization will only become an asset if African cities are able to take on the current challenges and anticipate the ones of tomorrow, through the implementation of planning policies, a better access to basic services, the promotion of economic development, employment and integrated economic development, the right to the city for all, the preservation of natural resources, and climate change resilience, among others.


Taking on these challenges requires the mobilization of investments estimated at about U.S. $ 80 billion per year.


Mobilizing such levels of funding requires the involvement of all stakeholders, both public and private (local governments, people population, national or local public institutions and authorities, the private sector, banks and institutional/ private investors).

Objectives of the conference: 

The objective of the Conference in Marrakesh is to stimulate exchanges between the diverse stakeholders, in order to go beyond the existing findings and wishes, in order to move towards principles and proposals for actions, as well as commitments.


It will lay a great emphasis on the sharing of questionings and experiences, and on the development of concrete, consistent and adapted responses to African cities, in accordance with the diversity of local contexts.


For the conference organizers (FMDV, Marrakesh City Council and UCLG Africa), the meeting should achieve outstanding progress by:

  • Promoting a shared vision of the diagnosis concerning both structure and conditions associated to the financing of African cities​

  • Encouraging the emergence of strategic alliances in order to offer adequate and sustainable solutions for the financing of African cities, consistently with the socio-political and economic context of the continent, and with due consideration to the international financial environment evolution


  • Suggesting a realistic continental strategy based on the different stakeholders’ commitments to work together implementing the necessary partnerships able to mobilize financing for the African cities; considering the challenges linked to the continent’s rapid urbanization.


  • Presenting examples of solutions and best practices in order to inspire other stakeholders;


  • Providing a meeting space dedicated to policy makers, provider of operational solutions, and economic/financial leaders, in order to conclude business and financial partnerships.



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The conference will be held over 2 days dedicated to the urban development financing chain, and the existing and possible solutions. It will consist of plenary and parallel sessions that cross the views and experiences of local elected officials and finance Ministers with the ones of the other African urban development stakeholders, in order to make significant progress in bringing the discussion forward. At the end of the conference, the Declaration of Marrakesh Resolutions will enable every stakeholder to make a stand to commit up to 2016, for the evaluation to be presented at the Habitat III Summit.


The discussion will focus on:

  • Strategic urban planning and optimal management of investments,
  • Valuation and mobilization of endogenous territorial resources for the promotion of sustainable local development,
  • Loans from banks and financial institutions that are partners of urban development,
  • Direct access to the capital market to finance African cities,
  • Development of efficient and balanced public-private partnership,
  • Opportunities offered by the innovative financing mechanisms.

Pre-event: Seminar AfricaFiNet

The conference will be preceded by a one-day training seminar on credit rating, organized for the members of the CFOs’ Network “AfricaFiNet”, within the framework of the program coordinated by UCLG Africa.

Chaired by Ms. Ouafa Moniati, Chief Financial Officer of Marrakesh City Council, the “AfricaFiNet” network, aims in particular at improving the recognition of these professionals in quality corps to support local elected officials in the decision-making process, and on the other hand, strengthen their competences and areas of cooperation.



Pre-event: Development Partners Workshop

Organized on December 10th by the FMDV, this great conference aims at bringing together the partners in urban development in Africa around the issue of the financing of cities.

Only by invitation



Technical visits

Marrakesh City Council offers, on Saturday, december 13th,  two technical visits with the following topics:


  • The cultural heritage of Marrakesh city: visits of the top sights of the “Ochre City”


  • Presentation of the Marrakesh City Council’ development plan, “Marrakesh, City of Permanent Renewal


Program of technical visit to come…


Event inscription

Inscription form Marrakech 2014 (EN)


Due to the success of the REsolutions Africa meeting, we are forced to close registrations.

You can follow the outcome of the conference on this website.

For any question, please contact:

Conference REsolutions Africa / Marrakesh 2014
Former Prime Minister, President of Bélier Region, President of the Districts Assembly of Ivory Cost Region (Republic of Ivory Cost)
President, Council of Local Authorities, UEMOA, Mayor of Treichville (Ivory Coast)
Founder of the Swedish Local Government Funding Agency, Kommuninvest
Director Project Office, UN-Habitat
Lead Counsel, ESSD and International Law, World Bank
Wali, Chief Officer, Local Government, Ministry of Interior, Kingdom of Morocco (tbc)
Wali of the Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region
Deputy Head of the Local Government and Urban Development Division, French Development Agency (FDA)
Global Head of Water and Municipal Infrastructure International Finance Corporation
Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of Morocco
Permanent Secretary General, Federation of the African National Right Insurance Societies (FANAF)
Support of business and infrastructure, Africa, International Finance Corporation, Dakar
Responsible for Dialogues with subnational governments, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
Coordinator of the African Network of Social and Solidarity Economy (RAESS) / Founder of the Panafrican Development Institute for Northern Africa (IPD-AN)
Senior Director, International Public Finance, Fitch Ratings
FMDV Expert in innovative funding & Coordinator of the Palmas Institute Europe
Mayor of tangier city, President of the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC)
Advisor at Social Impact Bonds and Impact Investing at Social Finance, UK
President of Nouakchott City Council (Mauritania)
Minister of Interior of Morocco
Former Governor of AFDB / Former Minister of Finance of Algeria
Mayor of Tetouan and President of Medcities
Executive Director, Liaison with Governments and Institutions in Africa, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Project manager in Urban Governance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (France)
Minister of Urban Development and territorial Planning, Kingdom of Morocco
CEO of South African Cities Network
Director, Development Agency for the Eastern Provinces (Kingdom of Morocco)
Deputy Director of the Credit Enhancement Authority, USAID
Regional advisor, Ile de France, President of FMDV
Senior Municipal Infrastructure Finance Advisor with Evensen Dodge International and the PPIAF – Sub-National Technical Assistance (SNTA) Program
Economist and Director of the program “Bangla Pesa”
Architect DPLG-Urbanist Diup, Director of Regional Training Center Metropolis, Institute of Urban Planning and Development (Ile-de-France)
Wali CEO of the Communal Equipment Fund (Morocco)
Mayor of the City of Dakar, President of UCLG Africa, Member of FMDV
Chief Executive Officer, Namibia Financial Supervisory Authority
Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer / Group Chief Operating Officer of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated
Mayor of Johannesburg & Member of FMDV
Director for democratic governance at the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE)
Acting Director, Urban development and resilience Department, World Bank
Treasury Client Solutions, Sub-saharan Africa, IFC
Program Manager with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO, Switzerland)
Expert in local finance, Coordinator of Local Economic Development Network of Africa (LEDNA)
Director of the Office of the modernization of property taxes, Ministry of Urban Development, Housing and Construction (Ethiopia)
Secretary General, Minister of Housing and Urban Policy, Kingdom of Morocco
Practical information

Welcome to Marrakesh

“Having the genuine conviction that African cities of today should diversify their sources of funding to be able to anticipate the challenges of tomorrow, I am pleased that Marrakech city council is hosting the conference REsolutions Africa.

Together, we will have the opportunity to engage in a privileged dialog between the actors of the “build the city”, in order to develop the conditions of mutual understandings on the financing of the cities of the continent.

The city of Marrakech awaits you all to attend this great event! "

                                                                           Fatima Ezzahra El Mansouri, President of the Marrakesh City Council

Come to Marrakesh: 


Marrakesh Menara Airport is an international airport located in the heart the city of Marrakesh (count 15min from the center). It is the second largest airport of Morocco in terms of traffic after the Mohammed V Airport - Nouasseur, in the suburb of Casablanca (count 2h20 from road).

Arrival at the airport

For residents of the Ryad Mogador Agdal Hotel, a shuttle bus will be available to ensure the transfers to / from the Marrakesh Menara International Airport .

Attention: Direct flights to Marrakesh being few, it is likely that you are forced to make a match at Casablanca. Make sure to pay attention to transit schedules.

Currency and Change

The currency is the dirham (MAD). Credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) are accepted in hotels, travel agencies and many businesses in Marrakesh. Major hotels and all banks in Marrakech have ATMs.

Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8:15 am to 3:30 pm.

Many change offices are available in the city of Marrakech. It is also possible to change money at the airport every day from 7:30 am to 10 pm.

Other info: 

Do I need vaccinations?

Participants must ensure that their basic vaccinations are current. It is recommended to be vaccinated against type A Hepatitis , typhoid and rabies.

In accordance with international guidelines, the Ministry of Health of Morocco, ask all participants to pass under the X-rays upon arrival at the airport to prevent Ebola.

Contact us upstream and on-site?

If you have troubles concerning your registration or if you have any question, you can reach us:

Carole Guilloux / / + 212 6 35 16 64 93

Sarah Boisard / / + 212 6 97 15 39 24

Visas and invitation letters


If you are from one of the following countries, you do not need a visa for tourism or Business for less than 3 months. You simply need to be in possession of your passport, valid, and covering the entire duration of your journey:

Algeria, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Congo Brazzaville, South Korea, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Denmark, Spain (+ Andorra), Estonia , United Arab Emirates, United States (USA), Finland, France (Monaco), Great Britain, Greece, Guinea, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg , Mali, Malta, Mexico, Niger, Norway, New Zealand, Oman, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Qatar, Senegal, Singapore (stay of 30 days), Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia , Turkey, Venezuela.

Participants whose nationality is not included in the list above must apply for a 3-month visa to Morocco's diplomatic representation in their country of residence, or a reputable travel agency before leaving. Applications are normally processed within 48 hours. The visa requirements vary significantly.

Note: UN Experts holders of passports or passes issued by the UN, are exempted from visa for entry to Morocco.

Letter of invitation:

An official letter of invitation can be sent when the visa application procedure requires it. Participants should ensure that they are in possession of a passport valid for a minimum period of 6 months after entry into Moroccan territory.

To obtain a letter of invitation for the visa application, from the organizers of the conference REsolutions Africa / Marrakesh 2014 , thank you for submitting the following documents:

- Copy of your passport photocopied.

- Legible copy of your airline ticket.

- Copy of pre-registration mail taken into account.

At the following email address:

Conference Venue

The Conference REsolutions Africa / Marrakesh 2014 will be held in Ryad Mogador Agdal Hotel, Spa & Palais des Congrès, Marrakesh, Kingdom of Morocco, about 10 minutes from Menara International Airport.

The Palais des Congrès MOGADOR is well known for its modularity. It is located in the middle of the 5* Hotel Ryad Mogador Agdal. With a 16 000 square foot surface spread over 4 floors and a capacity of 2,500 seats, it includes a 1,606-seat amphitheater, a 500-seat modular plenary room, 18 syndicate rooms and exhibition Halls.

With a total of 610 sleeping rooms and suites as well as all the amenities of a 5* hotel, the Palais des Congrès MOGADOR was built in accordance with the standards required by the AIPC (Association Internationale des Palais des Congrès) to respond to the necessary needs of all types of events.

Address : Zone touristique Agdal? Route d'Ourika - Marrakech - Maroc

Phone number : +212 (0) 524 388 100

Fax : +212 (0) 524 388 105

Website :

Reception is planned each day from 8 am on the conference site.

We advise you to arrive early to avoid long queues likely to form at the last moment.

Attention ! For security reasons, we ask you to bring a valid ID. Unfortunately, we will not be able to give you your badge without proof of identity.

Attention! Access to coffee breaks in the program is free. However, because of the numerous entries received, the organizers have chosen to limit access to lunches and gala dinners to participants having confirmed their venue at (subject to availability).

In case of cancellation, please , do inform the organizing committee, to free your place on the waiting list.




For convenience, we recommend you to stay at Ryad Mogador Agdal.

Negotiated prices are:

  • 900 MAD for a single room
  • 1000 MAD for a double room.

For bookings made before November 30th, you get a 10% discount.

This 5-star hotel, located in the tourist area of Agdal, has all the necessary infrastructures to host major events.

The organizing team of the conference suggests to facilitate your booking by sending an email to:, with the names of the members of your delegation and dates, or call: +212 524 43 13 08 / +212 661 18 46 48 / +212 653 06 80 80

Other hotels are also available in Agdal area, including:

Palm Plaza

Adam Park

Participants who do not wish to be on the conference site should contact these hotels - or others - for their booking.


The Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV) is an operational network of local governments established in 2010.  The work of FMDV aims to build up the financial capacity of local authorities through the sharing of competencies and knowledge, and by encouraging cooperation and solidarity between the cities. By placing local economy at the heart of local development strategies, FMDV intervenes both in operational support across the system of project funding (design, organization, financial engineering) and in the coordination of the dialogue between the stakeholders for the promotion and dissemination of solutions for the capacity building of local authorities in the area of access to and management of urban development funds. Based in Paris, FMDV has regional offices in Rabat for Africa, in Mexico for Latin America and in Mashhad for the Middle East, and national offices in Brazil, United States and in Turkey.

The Municipality of Marrakesh, with more than 3 million inhabitants, is a central tourist and cultural landmark of international outreach within the Moroccan Kingdom. Through the implementation of its development plan for 2017 « Marrakesh, City of Permanent Resurgence », Marrakesh is most certainly becoming a reference model in terms of sustainable and integrated urban development. Furthermore, Marrakesh established itself as a leader within the ongoing debate about African local governments' growing role in the urban agenda. Indeed, the Municipality hosted the 5th edition of the Africities Summit, organized by UCLG Africa in 2009, and holds since 2013 the presidency of Africa Finet, the network of African local governments chief financial officers hosted by UCLG Africa. Therefore, following on from its past commitments, the Municipality will host of the « REsolutions Africa/ Marrakesh 2014 » conference.

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is the umbrella organization and the united voice representing African local governments across the continent.  It emerged from the merger of the three pre-existing associations of local governments which were the African Union of Local Authorities (AULA), the Union of African Cities, UVA (Union des Villes Africaines) and the African Chapter of the Lusophone organization of local authorities, UCCLA (Uniao das Cidades Capitais de lingua portuguesa, Africana, Americana e Asiatica). UCLG Africa regroups 40 national associations of local governments of all the regions of Africa, as well as 2000 cities having over 100 000 inhabitants. UCLG Africa accounts for at least 350 million of African citizens. Founding member of the World Organization, UCLG, it is its regional section for Africa. Its headquarters is located in the City of Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco where it enjoys the diplomatic status as a Pan-African International Organization.

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Please contact :

Sonia Yacoubi
Communication Director, UCLG Africa
Phone numbers: (+212) 6 61 42 02 39
                          (+212) 537 26 00 63/62

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