Relationship with Africa important to San Antonio: Taylor

11 Jun 2017 13:10pm
By: Sawi Hausiku
SAN ANTONIO, 11 JUN (NAMPA) –San Antonio Mayor, Texas Ivy Taylor said Saturday that it has been her goal since her appointment in 2014 to advance the city’s international relationship agenda with Africa.
Taylor said she saw a couple of gaps in San Antonio’s sister city relationships with the continent, because it already had several such partnerships with cities in Asia, Mexico and Europe.
“Africa was really an area that we thought was important, that we have a connection. Certainly as an American of African descent, this was personally important to me,” Taylor explained in an interview with the Nampa team currently in the United States of America (USA).
After appointment, Taylor said she began having conversations with her community on this matter and found that there was a lot of potential to partner with the Namibian capital, Windhoek.
She then invited City of Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua and a delegation to San Antonio.
“We discovered we had quite a few areas that only made sense for us to be collaborating.”
Taylor said since the two cities signed a two-year partnership in Windhoek last year, the relationship has manifested in the form of sharing information on the San Antonio Water System (SAWS).
She said a local company identified by their City Public Service Energy Institution is on the verge of signing an agreement that will allow them to provide renewable energy services to southern Africa.
The city partnership signed in 2016 concerns areas of common interest such as the promotion of economic cooperation and trade, tourism, cooperation in renewable energy, and exchanges in water management.
The partnership is intended to address challenges faced in both cities for a mutual benefit, like overcoming water shortages.
Meanwhile, San Antonio is celebrating its 300th Tri-centennial in 2018 and will showcase diverse arts and culture as well as community service projects.
Spectacular fireworks will be the highlight of the event and Taylor said she hopes to have a robust delegation from Windhoek at the event.