On Friday 29 June 2012, Cape Town's designation as World Design Capital 2014 was made official: The signing of the Host City Agreement between the City of Cape Town and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) took place at Freeworld Design Centre. The event coincided with the 5th annual World Industrial Design Day, an Icsid initiative, and the 55th birthday of the international organisation.
Cape Town's World Design Capital designation comes at a milestone moment, with 2014 marking the anniversary of 20 years of democracy in South Africa. In the words of Icsid President Soon-in Lee:
"This is a very exciting time for South Africa and indeed for the African region as a whole. As the world looks to Cape Town over the course of the next few years, many exciting opportunities will be presented to the city to shape and make relevant within its own context. Our aspiration for the city is to continue to provide a platform that will empower Cape Town to be a leading example on the international stage, to encourage designers from diverse backgrounds and communities to share ideas and transform objectives into realities. We have no doubt that Cape Town will bring its own unique vision to the project, making all Capetonians and citizens of this region very proud."
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Photo of Icsid President Soon-in Lee and City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille at the signing of the World Design Capital 2014 Host City Agreement in Cape Town on 29 June 2012. Image by Bruce Sutherland