“By 2050, the African continent will have the largest number of young people in the world, thus African countries need to seriously consider bolstering human capital investments for prosperity, and we believe Talent Cities is one of the best initiative for education transformation in Africa.”, Bou Diarra, President of Solink PS
January 2019, the Global Parliament of Mayors announced a new partnership with New Learning Ventures LLC (NLV) to form the GPM Talent Cities initiative. Mayors representing over 13 million citizens in cities in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the EU, the UK and the US have expressed interest to date. According to Gerri Burton, CEO of New Learning Ventures, “Going forward, talent will be the key indicator of a city’s economic viability, ability to attract investment and serve its citizens. Mayors that are expressing interest now understand the value of inclusive talent, a basic value of the Global Parliament of Mayors. They are building cities and global partnerships that will maximize investment, stimulate innovation and ensure leadership positions in the global economy of the future, based on realizing the talent potential of all citizens.”
To support these forward-thinking Mayors, we are building capacity on the ground forming a partner network that will serve GPM Talent Cities. This local capacity ensures the optimal performance of the initiative, the inclusiveness of all aspects of city residents, and serves as a local resource for public-private partnership. Talent Cities partners are carefully selected for their knowledge of local government, high priority growth sectors, and education system as well as key specialized strengths.
New Learning Ventures is pleased to have entered into a strategic partnership with Solinks PS to serve as a global business development and project implementation partner. Already engaged in Talent Cities, Solink PS is currently conducting a Talent Cities survey of teachers in Dakar, a GPM member city. Solink PS is headquartered in Dakar with branch offices in Ghana, Togo and The Gambia.
The Global Parliament of Mayors serves Mayors on six continents. The GPM Talent Cities programme offers Mayors unique vantage points on economic prosperity and societal inclusion. The potential for leap-frog impact on education transformation and talent leadership will ensure that every citizen has an opportunity to reach their potential and contribute to the global economy of the future. For more information please contact, Gerri Burton or Bou Diarra.