Gauteng premier appointed to Metropolis board

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pretoria - Gauteng Premier David Makhura has been appointed to serve as one of the co-presidents of the Board of Directors of Metropolis. 

The appointment was made at the body’s 12th World Congress, which was held in Montreal, Canada, recently.

“Premier Makhura’s appointment bodes well with the Gauteng City Region International Relations Strategy, which aims to ensure that the province’s international engagement and agreements are conducted in a manner that supports the implementation of the provincial government’s bold plan of Transformation, Modernisation and Reindustrialisation (TMR) and its 10-pillar programme,” the Gauteng provincial government said.

The role of co-presidents is to promote allocated political portfolios and to represent Metropolis globally in respect of these portfolios.

Other current co-presidents are the Mayors of Barcelona, Berlin, Montreal, Sao Paulo and Guangzhou.

Metropolis is a global network of major cities and city regions that serves as a hub to explore issues including governance and concerns common to all big cities, metropolitan governments, regions, provinces and state governments.

The organisation has been in existence for 32 years and Gauteng has been a member since 2008.

It currently represents the authorities of 138 great cities and metropolitan areas in Africa, America, Caribbean, Asia, Pacific and Europe.

The 12th World Congress took place in Montreal, Canada from 19 - 22 June.

Premier Makhura was accompanied by some of the Members of the Executive Committee. – 

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