The Nordic Africa Institute


From Urban Bonds to Continental Ties

The case for a Lagos-Johannesburg city-to-city cooperation framework



Time: Wednesday 12 June 2024, 14.00 – 15.30 (CEST).

Place: Zoom session

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Cities and subnational governments are often excluded from regional integration processes in Africa. Yet, these actors often have first-hand experience with the socio-economic issues that regional integration seeks to address. Their exclusion is problematic and detracts from the vision of a broad-based regional integration process.

Join us for an interactive roundtable to discuss the findings of the project "Cities as a site for deepening continental integration in Africa". In this project, Babatunde Fagbayibo, African scholar, explores how a cooperation agreement between Lagos and Johannesburg, can stimulate the process of ensuring that cities have an active role in the articulation and implementation of the goals of continental integration in Africa.


  • Babatunde FagbayiboAfrican scholar, The Nordic Africa Institute
  • Fritz Nganje, Associate Professor, University of Johannesburg
  • Jan Erasmus, Director Strategy and International Affairs, Office of the City Manager -City of Johannesburg
  • Cairo Gabriel Borges Junqueira, Professor, Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil
  • Yemisi Akingbade, Head of Trade and Sister-Cities, Lagos State Office of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Investment


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