Following the Jamaica-Namibia Joint Committee meetings, which were held from August 2 – 3 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade’s downtown Kingston office, the city has moved to strengthen ties with the City of Windhoek, through formalising the twinning of the two cities.
The move is aimed at promoting and strengthening friendly relations and cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
Jamaica recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Namibia, an oil rich state, to form the Jamaica-Namibia Joint Committee which involves signing cooperation agreements in several areas including tourism, logistics, urban development and diaspora cooperation.
DEVELOPMENT OF HOUSING PROGRAMMES
The Namibians are interested in exploring with Jamaica the development of housing programmes in line with what is desired and what is achievable; development planning in both cities, including the improvement of infrastructure; exchange of knowledge in different areas, through the input of technical and social expertise particularly in tourism, health, justice, energy, agriculture, maritime cooperation, entertainment, youth, sport, urban development and creative industries.
They are also interested in identifying areas of need in the field of human resource development for the cities of Windhoek and Kingston; promotion of tourism, cultural exchanges and related matters; as well as enhancing the process of broadening the revenue base for the City Councils of Windhoek and Kingston.
KEYS TO THE CITY
Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams, on behalf of the City, will confer the symbolic ‘Keys to the City of Kingston’ to the City of Windhoek and welcome the delegation headed by the former Mayor of Windhoek, Dr Job Amupanda, who will be representing the mayor and the municipality on the visit.
This is following a 2018 visit, led by Williams, at which time an MoU was signed between Kingston and the then Mayor of Windhoek.
Williams has noted that he is “most confident that the strengthened ties between Kingston and Windhoek will result in mutual benefits for the citizens and peoples of both cities and the respective countries generally, as there are so many ways in which we can both benefit from cooperation”.