20 Jun 2015 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 20 JUN (NAMPA) The Khomas Region and the Jiangsu Province in China on Friday entered into a twinning agreement toward the improvement of the livelihood of their people.
Governor of the Khomas Region, Laura McLeod-Katjirua and Governor of Jiangsu Province, Li Xueyong signed the agreement on behalf of the two parties.
Speaking at the signing ceremony here, McLeod-Katjirua said they agreed to promote friendly people-to-people contact on economic and trade cooperation, as well as strengthen their exchange programmes in the areas of science, technology, health, education, culture and sports.
She thanked the Jiangsu Province governor for his willingness and commitment to signing the agreement, saying this signifies the official approval, political will and pledge of support of the two governments.
This is history in the making. Rest assured that we will not disappoint you and your people back home, McLeod-Katjirua said.
She called on both parties to embrace the partnership in addressing issues of common concern and strive for better coordination, consultation and coherence for efficient and effective service delivery.
On his part Li, who spoke through an interpreter, said the agreement will strengthen the relationship between the Khomas Region and his province, which started in 2013.
We need to maintain our friendship and promote education and training between our regions, he said.
Li invited the Khomas governor and regional councillors to visit his province in order to understand the agreement in detail, which also aims to promote youth development and exchange in training programmes.
Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa, Windhoeks Deputy Mayor Hangapo Veico, Chairperson of the Khomas Regional Council Zulu Shitongeni, as well as City of Windhoek and Khomas regional councillors attended the signing ceremony.
Chinas Jiangsu Province is the second smallest and most densely populated province, with a population of about 70 million. It is known as a focal point for economic development and is a leading exporter of electronic equipment, textiles and chemicals.
The province is also known for its authentic cuisine of rice and fish dishes, and boasts some of the best gardens and silk weaving in China.