eThekwini hosts aids conference

2015-01-29 00:00

ETHEKWINI has successfully bid to host the 21st International Aids ­Conference in July 2016 at the Inkosi

Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

A report tabled to the executive committee said the biennial conference is the premier gathering of people working in the field of HIV, policymakers and people living with HIV. eThekwini said the conference will gather between 15 000 and 23 000 participants, representing all stakeholders in the global response to HIV who meet to assess progress and identify future priorities.

Over 1 500 journalists are expected to cover the conference.

Deputy city manager for Community and Emergency Services, Dr Musa Gumede, said the major financial implications for the city will include provision of office accommodation, discounted venue costs to be shared with the provincial government and the hosting of a mayoral reception.

“We are grateful that our city was chosen to host the International Aids Congress in 2016 and we are confident that it will be very successful,” said deputy mayor Nomvuzo Shaba­lala.

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