Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city has won Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation for being creative in advancing the livelihood of its residents.
For winning, Lilongwe alongside cities of Seoul in South Korea, Vancouver in Canada, Vienna in Austria and Kocaeli in Turkey each received US$20 000, a Trophy and a special certificate
Disclosing the “good” news, Lilongwe City Council (LCC) acting Chief Executive Officer, Vitto Mulula said that the award means that Lilongwe has a viable and innovative strategy which if well implemented would enable the city compete for investment and resources at a scale never experienced before in the country.
Launched in March last year by the Guangzhou City of the People’s Republic of China and co-hosted by the Guangzhou Municipal Government and the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) the award was open to all cities and local governments globally.
“Lilongwe was among 15 cities shortlisted to showcase their innovations at an International Urban Innovation Conference which also took place in Guangzhou on November 16, 2012,” enthused the LCC boss.
The acting chief executive officer disclosed that Lilongwe City Council which has about 800, 000 inhabitants, won the award because of its innovative program- Lilongwe/Johannesburg Mentorship Program- which started in 2008 and in the mentor ship program, the City of Johannesburg provided the much needed technical support which helped Lilongwe work towards developing her City Development Strategy (CDS).
Lilongwe became Malawi’s capital city in 1975 during the reign of the late Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, Malawi’s first President.
Dr. Banda moved the capital city from the Eastern district of Zomba.
Local Governments in Malawi are represented at a level of Councils. Previously they were known as Assemblies. Currently there are 34 Councils divided into urban (6) and Rural (28) Councils across the three regions of Malawi.
There is only one urban council in Malawi’s northern region, Mzuzu city while in the central region there is Kasungu municipal and Lilongwe city, whereas in southern region, Malawi has Lucheza town and Blantyre city. The eastern region has Zomba city only.
But rural councils are many. In the northern region there is Chitipa, Karonga, Likoma, Nkhata Bay, and Rumphi.
The central region has Dedza, Dowa, Kasungu, Lilongwe, Mchinji, Nkhotakota, Ntcheu, Ntchisi and Salima.
The southern region has Balaka, Blantyre, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Machinga, Mangochi, Mulanje, Mwanza, Neno, Nsanje, Phalombe and Thyolo District.
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