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​​​​​​The City of Johannesburg's Department of Economic Development hosted Kenyan delegates in an information-sharing platform at the City's council chambers.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Development Cllr Leah Knott and City Manager Dr Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni welcomed the delegation.

The aim of the engagement was to share knowledge, and how to implement strategies and to advice on practical issues related to improving Kenya's local economic development processes.

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The visiting delegation consisted of the IDEAS Technical Implementation team, the Kenyan State Department of Devolution, Kenyan National Treasury and Council of Governors and Kenya School of Government.

One of the Kenyan delegates, James Mwanzia said: “Our desire is to see what we can borrow in South Africa to help us in development of local initiatives in order to strengthen local economic development and tackle the rate of unemployment, because we are all developing Africa together and we want to learn from one another." 

Lulama Ndlovu from Economic Development presented to the delegates on how Johannesburg is tackling youth unemployment through opportunity centres.

“These opportunity centres play as a business model for SMMEs and in skills development in order to empower the youth," said Ndlovu.

The delegates visited  a site visit in one of the opportunity centres at 88 Marshalltown Street to see how the centre is run and what methods can the delegates use back home to inspire its youth.