Urban Lighting in African Cities

Urban Lighting in African Cities


This first “Urban Lighting in African Cities” conference aims to be a regional meeting and sharing space to explore good practices and challenges of public lighting in African cities. It aims to make urban lighting a strategic priority in terms of urban development and bring out the needs, challenges and opportunites facing local authorities in the region.

The conference, organised by LUCI in partnership with the City of Dakar, will bring together city representatives – elected officials and technicians – to present their practices, enabling other cities around the world to benefit from their feedback. Through a format of round table sessions and panel discussions, the event will enable exchanges that take into account both the specificities of different countries and cultures, and identify common points and common challenges.
The conference will cover:

>        The adaptation of public lighting to the challenges of a sustainable urbanisation

>        State of the art and evolution of public lighting infrastructure

>        Challenges and opportunities of solar lighting and off-grid lighting

>        Funding strategies for sustainable public lighting

>        Public lighting and public security, lighting and social cohesion

>        City attractiveness and development of the night-time economy

>        Promotion of art and culture in the city



All times listed are in UTC

Monday 22 May 2017

16:00 – 19:30: LUCI Executive Committee meeting (for EC members only)

19:30: Welcome cocktail

Tuesday 23 May 2017

09:00 – 09:30: Coffee and registration

09:30 – 10:00: Opening of the conference
Soham El Wardini, 1st Deputy Mayor of Dakar
Ms Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice Mayor of Eindhoven, LUCI President

10:00 – 12:00: African cities – lighting practices and challenges (1)
Invited cities present their urban lighting context and challenges, featuring, amongst others:

  • Sérigne Leye THIOUNE, Director of Technical Services, City of Dakar
  • Charles NACOULMA, Director of Public Lighting, City of Ouagadougou
  • Abderrahmane MEJDOUBI, Head of the Public Lighting Department, City of Rabat
  • El Hadji Malick DIAKHATE, Director of Municipal Technical Services, City of Saint Louis
  • Steven Jeremy NTAMBI, Operations Manager at Kampala Capital City Authority

12:00 – 12:30: Q&A session

12:30: Lunch

14:00 – 16:00: African cities – lighting practices and challenges (2)
Invited cities present their urban lighting context and challenges, featuring, amongst others:

  • Blaise O. A. GLELE, Mayor of Abomey
  • Saloua BERDHI, Vice President, Municipality of Chefchaouen
  • Djibril SIDIBE, Director of Traffic Management and Urban Transport, City of Bamako
  • Tounde Evariste ADJAGBA, Head of Department, Urban Mobility, Roads and Public Lighting, City of Porto Novo

16:00 – 17:00: Q&A session

17:00 – 19:00: LUCI Charter on Urban Lighting – presentation and signature ceremony
Signature by elected representatives of d’Abomey, Bamako, Dakar, Ouagadougou, Porto Novo, Rabat, Saint Louis

19:30: Dinner followed by visits of Dakar’s public lighting installations

Wednesday 24 May 2017

09:30 – 12:00: Round Table 1 – Sustainability, energy efficiency and technology

Given the challenges of sustainable urban development in Africa, public lighting installations must adapt and increase their energy efficiency. One of the solutions is undoubtedly solar lighting. What technological and industrial issues affect its development? What are the practices and experiences of cities in this area?

  • Ibrahim SOUMAILA, Energy Effciency Expert, ECREEE, CEDEAO
  • Mamadou Lamine NDIAYE, Research Professor, ESP/CIFRES
  • Emmanuel TATIN, Head of Expansion Countries, OSRAM
  • Reginald NXUMALO, General Director, South Africa, Philips Lighting
  • Stéphane REDON, Commercial Director, Sunna Design
  • Bruno LAFITTE, Lighting Expert, ADEME

Moderator: Cheikh GUEYE, Mayor of Dieuppeul-Derklé

12:00 – 12:30: Q&A session

12:30 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 16:30: Round Table 2 – Lighting infrastructure, public spaces and urban security

Cities and their partners should work together on issues of public lighting. How can they conceive a coherent lighting strategy that takes into account social cohesion and urban security? What are the models for financing sustainable public lighting in African cities?

  • Fatou Bintou NDIAYE CAMARA, Administration and Finance Director, City of Dakar
  • Marième LO, Project Manager, Agence Française de Développement (French Development Agency) – Dakar
  • Jean-Marc SENEGAS, Director Africa, Thorn Lighting
  • Isabelle Corten, Lighting Designer, Concepteurs Lumière Sans Frontière
  • Ousmane SOW, Director of the Prefiguration Committee for the Urban Planning Agency of Bamako
  • Marie Chapalain, Export Manager, Sogexi-Lacroix

Moderator: Oumar Cissé, Executive Secretary, African Institute of Urban Management

16:30 – 17:00: Q&A session

17:00: Closing of the conference
Soham El Wardini, 1st Deputy Mayor
Ms Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice Mayor of Eindhoven, LUCI President


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