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Djibouti City: East Africa: World Bank Calls for Proper Urbanisation to Promote


African cities are crowded inclunding disconnected, making them costly for both firms and residents.

According to the World Bank's statement 'African cities opening doors to the world' potential investors and trading partners quickly see evidence of the physical and economic dysfunction that constraints public service provision, inhibits labor market pooling and matching, and prevents firms from reaping scale and agglomeration benefits.

The statement indicates that a lot of investors fear to set up business since they are not sure of getting back return from the business.

The WB added in a statement that additional than 60 % of African's urban people lives in areas with some combination of overcrowding, low-quality housing, and inadequate access to clean water and sanitation.

Speaking during the Urban Resilience Conference, which took place in Dar es Salaam last week, the Director of disaster management department in the Prime Minister's office, Brig Gen Mbazi Msuya said Tanzania is the majority flood-affected country in East Africa.

However, he said rapid urbanization increases vulnerability to climate-related risks and that Tanzanian towns and cities have undergone massive spatial expansion.

"In Dar es Salaam, an estimated 70-80 % of residents live in unplanned settlements and in Mwanza, it is estimated that 81 % of households in hazardprone areas are as well in the lowincome people bracket, which increase their vulnerability to disaster," said Brig. Gen. Msuya.

According to a UN survey, additional than half of humanity presently lives in cities, and over the next 90 years 95percent of world urban increase will occur in developing and emerging nations.

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