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Birmingham calls on Kingston

Published:Monday | February 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Delroy Williams

Dr William A. Bell Sr, mayor of Birmingham City, Alabama, and representatives from the city of Birmingham will be visiting Kingston between today and Friday.

In a media release yesterday, Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams said: "Kingston has several untapped resources with Sister Cities International. It is an objective of my vision for this city to improve our bilateral relations with cities across the world in order to foster mutually beneficial partnerships of culture, local economic development, business, expertise and education.

"Unbeknownst to me in the planning of this occasion, the city of Kingston has two inactive sister cities - Dade County, Florida, established in 1981, and Kalamazoo, Michigan, established in 1962. The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation has already repositioned itself to rekindle these relationships so that mutual benefits can be derived for both cities and citizens."

Williams said it is important that Kingston "reintegrates itself in the global community in efforts to attract investments and network.

"Consequently, we have re-established Kingston as an affiliate of this global network of more than 600 cities in 136 countries. The sister city partnership with the city of Birmingham will be the third such partnership for Kingston and will make Kingston the first Caribbean sister city in the Birmingham network.

"During the visit, Bell and his delegation will visit several sites across Kingston, including the Ward Theatre, Port Royal, the University of the West Indies, and the Bob Marley Museum."

The official signing of the Sister City partnership will take place at the chambers of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation on Wednesday.

"This is a major step towards the vision of making Kingston the Pearl of the Caribbean, and will have significant benefits for the city of Kingston in the coming years," said Williams.