Eenhana and Harelbeke cooperate

05 Nov 2017 11:40am
EENHANA, 05 NOV (NAMPA) – The local authorities of Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region and Harelbeke in Belgium have signed an agreement that will amongst others see a water treatment plant established at Eenhana.
Eenhana Mayor, Amos Nangolo and his Belgian counterpart from the city of Harelbeke, Alain Top, signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday.
The agreement is Addendum 4 of the MoU that the two local authorities entered into in 2007.
Speaking at the signing, Nangolo said the agreement focuses on the realisation of the Eenhana Water Treatment Plant, which will treat waste water for re-use for small projects such as gardening.
The improvement of fire and emergency response services and waste management are some of the other focus areas of Addendum 4.
The two authorities are also trying to create linkages for better training and education with vocational training centres and schools within the two towns.
The agreement also seeks to connect Eenhana business people to their counterparts in Harelbeke, said Nangolo.
The signing of the MoU coincided with the celebration of 10-year relations, called City Link, between Eenhana and Harelbeke.
Through that link, Nangolo said, their Harelbeke counterparts assisted the Eenhana leadership to build the necessary capacity to develop the town.
“For the past 10 years, we have cooperated in areas such as promotion of local economic development, human resources development, environmental management, town planning and information sharing,” he said.
On his part, Top described Eenhana as a fast growing town in terms of infrastructure development.
He singled out vocational training and education as a crucial starting point for business growth and economic development that should be supported through their City Link.