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Innopolis 2022: Experts to converge in Paris on sustainable city innovation

By Hauwa Ali

The Innopolis Expo, an event that brings together international actors around innovation for the development of sustainable cities and territories in Africa, is set to be held on September 20 and 21, 2022 in Paris, France.

Themed: “Giving meaning to territorial innovation”, the 2022 edition of Innopolis Expo is a flagship event for decision-makers, several thinkers, researchers and other actors committed to the sustainable city.

They will meet to allow decision makers to refine the direction they want to give to their projects as well as focus on innovation for the development of sustainable cities and territories.

The program is aimed at helping decision-makers and project managers understand the complexity of urban projects and find innovative solutions for building “21st century” public spaces.

This program will be enriched with discussions about urban planning, biodiversity in the city, infrastructure for future mobility, water, air and soil, and light in the city.

On September 20 and 21, 2022, the show will welcome 3,000 visitors, 150 exhibitors, including elected officials and local authorities, teachers and researchers, companies and start-ups, associations and unions, as well as urban planners, landscape architects and architects.

This year’s event will host several African guests, including Augustin Tamba, the mayor of the 7th arrondissement of Yaoundé and president of the United Municipalities and Cities of Cameroon (UCUCC), Véronique Upite Kamina, the mayor of Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fatimata Traoré, the mayor of Bamako in Mali, and Pierre Samuel Guedj, president of the firm Affectio Mutandi, which is particularly committed to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa.

Africa seem to be stepping up on green mobility as some African countries have launched projects to create electric bus.

Egypt is certainly the first African country to adopt this solution with the launch in 2019 of an electric bus line to connect the Maadi district and the 5th settlement, a 25 km route in the city of Cairo.

This low-carbon means of public transport is gradually being adopted by other African cities, Cape Town in South Africa, Rabat in Morocco, Nairobi in Kenya, and soon Dakar in Senegal thanks to a partnership with the French group Meridiam.

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