Dakar, April 15 (APS) – Urban planning and territorial development are a necessary and appropriate tool for transition to sustainable cities and territories, given the advent of tomorrow's living environment, said Monday, the new Minister of Urban Planning, Housing and Public Hygiene, Abdou Karim Fofana.
& # 39; & # 39; The theme that brings us together, that of urban planning and territorial development, keeps my full attention, as it is a necessary and appropriate vector for the transition to sustainable cities and territories from the point of view of the European Union ", said the living environment of tomorrow he.
Abdou Karim Fofana spoke at the workshop "Urban Planning and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Cities in Africa". This meeting is an initiative of the City of Dakar and its Town Hall, which is part of the momentum of the Africities Summit, to be held in Marrakech from 20 to 24 November 2018.
Indeed, this meeting is "the first in a series of thematic sessions that bring together ideas and efforts to develop our cities," said the Minister of Urban Planning, adding, "This partnership fits perfectly with the recommendations of the AU and the Economic Community for Africa. "
For good reason, he said that the city's population in Africa, which currently has 472 million inhabitants, is expected to double over the next 25 years to reach 1 billion by 2040 and 187 million additional inhabitants by 2025, the equivalent of the current population of Nigeria.
According to Abdou Karim Fofana, this impressive growth is accompanied by massive urbanization.
"And if we're not careful, this is a massive urbanization that will be affected, with all the consequences it would bring, including, of course, the biggest obstacle to economic development – locking our cities into a trap of underdevelopment, it's hard to come out of, "he warned.
One of the urban planning challenges is precisely "not to turn this urbanization into a bad urbanization", to link our cities together in order to increase their efficiency, to reduce spatial fragmentation, in short, to optimize the use of urban space and the development of our territories on a large scale & # 39 ;, said Abdou Karim Fofana.
He also recalled that "just in this perspective, the President of the Republic of Macky in his investiture speech of April 2 expressed his determination to fight against land speculation, congestion and land unhealthy, '.