22 Jul 2016 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) The City of Windhoek (CoW) and Outapi Town Council on Wednesday renewed their partnership and cooperation agreement that promotes social and economic development.
The agreement amongst others focuses on human resource development and management; the sharing of information in financial management; the promotion of tourism; infrastructure development and technical assistance; as well as urban food security.
The agreement was signed by Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua and Outapi Mayor Selma Asino in the capital on Wednesday.
Kazapua said the best way to improve peoples quality of life is by sharing experiences and learning from each other.
We believe that these areas are of extreme importance in the development of both councils. I have no doubt that the strategic partnership between the councils will strengthen the good relationship that already exists between the two, he said.
Kazapua noted that the councils have made progress since the signing of the first agreement in 1998, which was renewed in 2007.
A number of projects have been implemented, including projects that concentrated on financial management in the areas of revenue collection and credit control; cooperation in strategic planning in the areas of property and land management; capacity building and skills development.
Other projects include technical support in environmental management; local economic development of small and medium enterprises; town planning and waste management and political exchanges in urban food and nutrition security.
Meanwhile, Asino said the City of Windhoek has consistently assisted the Outapi Town Council in designing four open markets which accommodates over 400 vendors; the development of SME policy guidelines; and revenue collection and credit policies.
The CoW has also assisted them to formulate a street vendor policy and in the organisation of the Olufuko festival as a means of marketing the town as a centre of culture and heritage.
The objective of the annual festival is to inform, educate and entertain people with a view towards appreciating and enhancing traditional and cultural identities; to create tourism opportunities and to strengthen the local and regional economy.