The Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI) - The Earth Institute at Columbia University


The Millennium Cities Initiative is a project of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, directed by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs.  It was established in early 2006 to help sub-Saharan African cities achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 


As part of this effort, MCI helps the Cities to create employment, stimulate enterprise development and foster economic growth, especially by stimulating domestic and foreign investment, to eradicate extreme poverty – the first and most fundamental MDG.






Dr Baba J Adamu has participated in the Canadian Trade Missions to Africa   - South Africa, Nigeria, and Senegal following the G-8 commitment towards Africa:

He also participated as a team-member of the former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner in the Ukraine Presidential Election with co-operation with the EU, and 2005 National Political Conference (Confab) in Nigeria:







Investment promotion is particularly important for cities other than capital cities, as investors in manufacturing and services often locate primarily in a country’s capital city. Hence, commercially viable investment opportunities need to be identified at the city level and in surrounding areas and brought to the attention of investors elsewhere in the country, in the region and internationally – and investors need to be assisted when they establish themselves. 

The special purpose of the Millennium Cities Day in London is to bring to the attention of investors commercially viable investment opportunities and inform about the investment environment in the following cities/countries: Kumasi, Ghana; Blantyre, Malawi; Kisumu, Kenya; and Akure, Nigeria.  A delegation from Mekelle, Ethiopia also attended the meeting.

The mayors and ministers from each city/country showcased investment opportunities in important sectors of interest to international investors, such as agriculture, agro-processing, tourism, construction or light manufacturing, and shared thoughts and ideas on such areas of common concern as the investment environment, attraction and facilitation of investors.




"Where despair and hopelessness exist, those who have the ability to take action have the moral responsibility to take action to help those who live on the bare edge of survival.  And democracy is more than the creed of our country, it is the inborn hope of our humanity, an ideal we must carry, a trust we must bear and pass along. And even after all these years, we have a long way yet to travel, that is why we must all be involved ..."  - Baba J Adamu


"Today, Nigerian ICT sector is at the cross roads. The direction we choose will determine not just our future but also the legacy we leave behind for future generations of knowledge workers in this country, who have the creativity to dream impossible dreams and the determination to translate those dreams into reality"...
- Baba J Adamu

“Given the emergence of new regional dynamics in development policy and practice, Arewa region MUST fine-tune current regional development perspectives and to develop new ones that are not only more in sync with the present and future global context but with the governance systems being currently adopted that are becoming more and more decentralized and grassroots oriented. States Governors within the Arewa region must come together to create and adopt the Arewa Regional Economic Plan with emphasis on a balanced approach to development and opportunity for all diversity irrespective of one’s tribe, social class, religious belief and even political affiliation; and establish targets for economic growth of the entire region taking advantage of our Demographic Shifts, which will fuel the growth of new sectors, markets, and service lines in our communities. The ability of our diversity to build strength and unity is the power that will propel the region and consequently, the Nigerian industry, into new dimensions of performance and inclusive growth. Catalyzing Inclusive Growth Through ICT-enabled solutions in healthcare, education, financial services and public services can drive socio-economic development and inclusion of more than 30 million citizens each year, faster, cheaper and more effectively than traditional models. The economic plan should be built on current regional opportunities, collaboration and innovation linking States macroeconomic models with regional development and economic plan termed: Regional Econometric Model”President ACRD 



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