Jamaican capital city agrees to twin with Windhoek

11 Jan 2018 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JAN (NAMPA) - The City of Windhoek and the City of Kingston in Jamaica are to enter into a twinning agreement soon following the adoption of a resolution to that effect by the Jamaicans.
The Jamaica Information Service reported on Thursday on its website that the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) this week voted to support a resolution for the twinning of Kingston and Windhoek, which is expected to cement and develop the historic and cultural ties between the Jamaican and Namibian capital cities.
According to the resolution, the City of Windhoek used diplomatic channels to develop the initiative for the twinning of the cities. One of these channels was a visit to Jamaica by Namibia’s Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maureen Hinda in July 2015. During that visit, Hinda and her counterparts discussed various initiatives in the areas of technical and economic cooperation, sports and education.
The twinning resolution states that Windhoek and Kingston “have agreed to pursue and solidify the relationship through various initiatives such as, but not limited to, trade in goods and services, youth participation in governance, community empowerment and local economic development.”
One of the Jamaican local authority councillors was quoted as saying in support of the motion that she was impressed by the adherence to the City of Windhoek’s zoning laws and building code which is evident in the execution of development plans and configuration of sites and buildings throughout the city.
The Jamaicans are also hoping that the City of Windhoek will benefit greatly from Kingston’s experience in developing and benefiting from its tourism industry.