Rundu and Cheboksary discuss possible areas of cooperation

03 Nov 2016 09:30am
RUNDU, 03 NOV (NAMPA) – A delegation from the city administration of Cheboksary in Russia is in Rundu on a week-long visit to further establish its twin city relationship with the town council.
Since the two towns signed their first twinning agreement in Cheboksary in 2009, the areas of cooperation have not been decided on.
Rundu Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Romanus Haironga told Nampa on the sidelines of a meeting between officials of the two towns on Wednesday the two parties will now come up with an action plan on the areas they want to work together in.
“We will come up with the sectors such as education, urban agriculture, science and technology, tourism and housing and look at the specific programmes that we can work on,” he said.
Speaking at the same meeting, Rundu Mayor Verna Sinimbo said she was eager to listen to the ideas that will be shared at the meeting on the areas of cooperation. She is also keen to see the changes the discussions will bring about for the two towns.
“I believe you can all agree that this is a moment of great excitement for the town of Rundu as we join hands with our Russian counterparts to identify opportunities for the development and improvement for our town,” she said.
Sinimbo said Namibia has long enjoyed a peaceful and mutually beneficial relationship with Russia, and she is glad that the two towns can further deepen those relations and explore new ways to work together.
Speaking on behalf of the Russian delegation, Third Secretary at the Embassy of the Russian Federation Roman Filin said he too was looking forward to the discussions on the areas of cooperation and that after the discussions, the two towns will find ways to implement those agreements.
The agreement will be effective for a period of five years and enters into force upon signing.
The Russian delegation returns to their country on Friday.