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Countries struggle to keep pace with rapid urbanization [Business Africa]

Kamal Alawo Adjayi (Right), the mayor Golfe 3 district of Lome during the interview with Business Africa presenter Ronald Kato (Left)   -  
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The number of people living in urban areas in Africa will double to more than 1 billion by 2042, according to World Bank estimates.

The continent is urbanizing at a rate not seen before. By 2040, Africa will be home to nine mega cities hosting more than ten million people.

Luanda, Dar es Salam, Khartoum, Johannesburg and Addis Ababa are some of the cities headed for megacity status, joining Lagos, Kinshasa and Cairo.

Cities are key to driving trade, investment and GDP growth.

But rapid urbanization has created capacity problems for cities, and local governments are struggling to plan, provide infrastructure, public transport and other social services.

Our guest this week is Kamal Alawo Adjayi, the mayor for Golfe 3 district of Lome, Togo's capital.

He joins the show to talk about what governments can do to leverage the power of cities.

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