Senegal’s President, Macky Sall has called for a review of housing policies across Africa to tackle uncontrolled urbanization and head off the economic, social, and ecological imbalances caused by this phenomenon.Speaking during Tuesday’s opening of the second African Ministerial Forum on Housing and Urban Development (FOMAHDU2) in Dakar, President Sall described the phenomenon as a threat to the security and social stability of Africans.

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“In response to these upheavals, rethinking our way of planning, building, managing and living our urban spaces is no longer an option, but a must,” the Senegalese head of state said.

FOMAHDU2 is being held in Dakar from 16-17 October 2018.

According to President Sall, Africa must provide appropriate responses to the major challenges facing its cities such as security, employment, mobility, connectivity, resilience to climate change, territorial equity and more access to decent housing.

The Senegalese leader also stressed the need to preserve rare and fragile species and natural spaces, including mangroves in the Saloum islands of Senegal.

In the same vein, Sall underscored the need to strengthen the mobilization of human, technical and financial resources.

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He urged African cities to adopt a multispectral and multi-level governance model that can promote the full involvement of citizens as well as the various actors in the development of cities.

President Sall commended the joint organization of the forum by Senegal and Morocco, whose delegation is led by the Minister of National Planning, Urban Planning, Habitat and Politics of the city, Abdelahad Fassi Fehri.

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According to the Senegalese leader the event is “another evidence, if need be, of excellent quality of the secular relations of friendship, fraternity and cooperation between Senegal and the Kingdom of Morocco,” two countries whose bilateral cooperation constitutes “an example of south-south cooperation” and should be a reference point around the world.