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Binding Jamaica & South Africa

Published:Sunday | November 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke (left) and Executive Mayor of Tshwane, South Africa, Gosientso Ramokgopa -Gladstone Taylor / Photographer

Leaders of Tshwane and Kingston to pool efforts to tackle common problems in the two cities

Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke and Kgosientso Ramokgopa, executive mayor of the South African city, Tshwane, last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) designed to build expertise and exchange information in several areas.

Ramokgopa, who was on a five-day visit to Jamaica, and Brown Burke reaffirmed that the collaborative efforts presently being undertaken in relation to music, as well as the culinary, visual, literary and performing arts serve to reinforce the friendship and understanding of the traditions of their peoples.

The MoU underscores the plan to collaborate in the areas of youth empowerment, sports and culture, safety and security, governance, inner city social programs, revenue collection and budget processes, local economic development and, research and innovation.

In order to achieve the objectives of the MoU, the cities have vowed to promote dialogue and cooperation on issues relating to trade and investment, and exchange opinions and technical expertise on efficient service delivery and good governance.

The two cities are also to establish cooperation mech-anisms to confront socio-economic related challenges and to promote people-to-people interaction, to the benefit of both cities with regard to education and culture.

There is also to be a twining of various institutions and organisations in the two countries and cities to ensure broader stakeholder support and further elaboration on specific projects and programmes

The partnership will also be exploited to leverage the exchange of coaching expertise with the University of Pretoria High Performance Centre in South Africa and the GC Foster College in Jamaica, to include track and field, swimming, rugby and netball.

A five-year joint imple-mentation plan to collectively pursue the objectives will be developed to oversee the implementation of the MoU. The parties further agreed to establish joint working committees dedicated to dealing with specific issues.