Cities are dynamic engines of growth and innovation in an age where local action transcends federal borders.
Bestselling author Benjamin Baber cites the unique qualities cities worldwide share: pragmatism, civic trust, participation, indifference to borders and sovereignty, and a democratic penchant for networking, creativity, innovation, and cooperation. He demonstrates how city mayors, singly and jointly, are responding to transnational problems.
The Canada-Africa Cities Program is designed to underscore the importance of cities and local authorities, and the enabling context for business to drive economic growth therein.
While the World Bank defines cities by populations of 50 000 or more, the Canada-Africa Cities Program provides associate membership to all local authorities including towns and villages, underpinned by the Smart Village approach, pioneered by Chamber member Dr. V. I. Lakshmanan.
For more information contact: Garreth Bloor