Training Program on Municipal Enterprises for Local Authorities (MELA) was conducted online for Local Authorities in Ecuador collaboration with UNDP Ecuador - UCLG-MEWA - Kibar Holding - Association of Municipalities in Ecuador

September 28, 2022

September 20-21-22 2022 — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) run the online Training Program on Municipal Enterprises for Local Authorities Ahead to Achieving the UN 2030 Agenda (MELA) in collaboration with UNDP Ecuador - UCLG-MEWA - Kibar Holding - Association of Municipalities in Ecuador 

IICPSD’s MELA Training Program is structured as a rigorous technical modular seminar providing background on key concepts and recent trends in urbanization and describing how cities can be governed in an inclusive way, explaining different modalities of private sector engagement in basic municipal services and gives and comprehensive understanding of the legal framework while showcasing global good practices of MEs and potential financial instruments in these fields.

The training program was attended by over 80 representatives from local governments in Ecuador  

 On September 20th; the training program was kicked off by an opening ceremony with kind participations of Mr. Sahba Sobhani, Director of IICPSD, Dr. Matilde Mordt, Resident Representative of UNDP Ecuador, Mr. Juan Carlos Macancela , Acting Executive Director of AME and Mr. Mehmet Duman, Secretary General of UCLG-MEWA.   

IICPSD’s Director Mr. Sahba Sobhani  opened the ceremony by welcoming the keynote speakers and attendees; gave a brief about the IICPSD’s work on harnessing the role of private sector for inclusive urbanization while highlighting the importance of UNDP’s commitment on advancing and enabling environments in  emerging markets and LDCs by supporting capacity building and knowledge sharing on harnessing the role of the private sector to make cities more sustainable, resilient and inclusive for all.

“More and more financial markets and investors link their investment decisions with the compliance of the SDGs. There are great opportunities for countries and local governments to obtain financing by working towards the 2030 Agenda and the Climate Agenda. We ratify, therefore, the availability of the UNDP to support the municipalities to identify innovative financing mechanisms for the proposed objectives in their territorial planning and development instruments"
Ms. Matilde Mordt (PhD), UNDP Ecuador’s Resident Representative

During his keynote speeches; the Acting Director of AME Mr. Juan Carlos Macancela emphasized that “The 2030 vision recognizes collaboration at the level of national and local governments in addition to considering the current challenges in the cities; so that our vision should be aligned for utilization of instruments, tools and guidelines that allows the achievement of a better quality of life for the global population living in cities. To overcome the current challenges, strategic alliances between the public and private sector is necessary for efficiency in administrative and financial management.  I believe UNDP’s MELA training program will be helpful for Local Authorities to encourage and support the development of municipal enterprises to take advantage of capacity and create an ecosystem to attract the private sector that will provide sustainability, resilience and inclusion in the provision of municipal services, under the Win-Win philosophy.”

Mr. Mehmet Duman, Secretary General of United cities Local Governments, Middle East West Asia Section delivered the closing remarks and stressed that  .. “ MELA training was initially a regional initiative that started in Türkiye and was followed by a program in Palestine. Later, the program continued to spread beyond the MEWA Region and started to become a global initiative. The Azerbaijan edition of the training was held with the cooperation of Eurasian section of UCLG, and the Albania edition was held with the cooperation of European section of UCLG. It is a great honor for me to be here today, sharing the same atmosphere with you at the fifth edition of the program.” While thanking the   Association of Municipalities of Ecuador for their great coordination ultimately resulting in the wide participation we have reached today.

To respond to the development challenges, IICPSD, under its Harnessing the Role of Private Sector for Inclusive Urbanization portfolio, provides evidence-based research to identify good practices to be replicated and scaled-up in LDCs and emerging markets. The Center also offers technical assistance and capacity building activities and builds multi-stakeholder partnerships to engage and harness private sector in leveraging sustainable, inclusive and resilient cities. With an aim at leveraging the SSTC and maximize its impact on sustainable development. IICPSD will continue its effort to raise awareness on the role of private sector for inclusive urbanization by conducting its MELA training program for the local authorities in the global south.

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