The Lilongwe City Summit 2023 which will be held under the theme “My city my responsibility, together building the city we want” will be held on Tuesday 23rd May with the participation of about 300 delegates from different sectors.
Being the first of its kind, participants will among other issues debate strategies that will fix some of the problems the city is grappling with.
National Bank of Malawi Plc. comes as a partner in this endeveour with a K5 million push representing its commitment to invest in sustainable urban development in building a city that's environmentally sustainable and promoting well-being of the residents.
The Bank’s Senior manager Shadreck Malenga noted there is a strategic alignment between the roles of the City Council and the financial institution in terms of sustainable cities and collaboration with the city at large.
Malenga said the bank is proud to be a catalyst for change in the Summit which provides a forum on strategies for developing the city with the goal of providing a city which is good for all in line with Agenda 2063 of an inclusive and self-reliant nation towards a shared vision of prosperity in line with UN goals for a cleaner city.
He reiterated the bank’s commitment through its corporate social responsibility drive which will help in achieving a sustainable environment for the citizens.
“As any other resident and like all corporate citizens, there are issues that need addressing within the city; the general cleanliness, lightning even city rates themselves. There are many problems which need resolving which currently I think we are more less as a country just looking at because there is nobody to champion.
“We think this Summit is an opportune event where all stakeholders who live in the city and who do care about this city can come together and express their blueprint on what kind of city they want to live in and try to create that city”.
Mayor of Lilongwe City Councilor Richard Banda expressed gratitude with the support from National Bank which will boost its capacity in hosting the event.
Among others, the Summit will look at waste management, street vending, greening and leisure and infrastructure development and hopes to bring sanity to the city
“For this Summit I know for sure it will come with fruitful issues because we know that as a city, we rely on the residents to come up with their ideas so that as a council as we’re moving forward, we need to implement what have been brought in by the residents. So I know for sure that at the end of the summit as a city, we may have to implement some of the things that can change the face of Lilongwe”.