Africities secretariat has mapped out 9, 800 rooms to accommodate guests during the international summit to be held in Kisumu from May 17 -21, 2022.

The facilities spread across Kisumu and the neighbouring counties have been inspected and certified to host the guests.

Africities Secretariat member Alloyce Ager said facilities, among them hotels and air b and b, he said were set to give visitors world-class experience. He disclosed that so far 3, 000 delegates have registered for the continental fete.

More delegates, he added continue to express interest in the event which is set to bring together over 10 heads of state and governments to deliberate on the role of intermediary cities in Africa’s development.

Kisumu which is the first intermediary city to host the conference, he said was on course to deliver a world-class fete for the over 10,000 delegates expected.

Speaking on Thursday during a tour of the Sh.1.2 billion Afri-Cities Convention Centre which is under construction at Mamboleo showground, Ager who was flanked by government Spokesman Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna said the facility was set to transform conference tourism in the area.

Ager said the contractor was on course to deliver the project expressing optimism that the venue shall be ready ahead of the conference.

“We have reviewed the contractors workplans and we have no doubt that the facility shall be handed over on 1st April so that we have at least one month to prepare for our guests,” he said.

Phase one of the project, costing Sh 1.4 billion, he said comprised of conference halls and breakaway rooms, a restaurant among other amenities. Phase two of the project to cost Sh 400 million, he said will comprise amphitheatre and additional conference facilities.

By Fred Azelwa.