JM | Feb 20, 2023

Montegonians encouraged to capitalise on opportunities from twinning Montego Bay and Crete

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Leeroy Williams, mayor of Montego Bay.

The mayor of Montego Bay, Leeroy Williams has encouraged residents to capitalize on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Montego Bay and Crete, a city in Greece, that is expected to strengthen the countries’ relations through formalizing the twinning of the cities.

The municipal governments of both cities signed the MOU last week at the Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay with promise to bring diverse opportunities for both cities as well as the sharing of ideas and resources. Areas to be promoted are education, agriculture, technology, academics, culture commerce and tourism.

Speaking at the MOU singing, Mayor Leeroy Williams encouraged Montegonians to capitalize on the opportunities to be presented from the twinning of the sister cities.

“When we speak of possibilities, we must ensure that we, especially here in Montego Bay, position ourselves to take advantage of the benefits to be garnered. We must also provide our counterpart with what we have promised and what we have brought to the table, with the intention of sharing with them,” said Williams.

Diversified experiences

Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Leeroy Williams (right), and Mayor of the Municipality of Sitia, Crete in Greece, Georgios Zervakis (left), sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formally twin the sister cities, during an official ceremony at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St. James, on Thursday (February 16). (Photo: JIS)

According to Mayor Williams, the “diversified experiences” that will be exchange are to benefit both Montego Bay and Sitia, a town in Crete, contributing to nation-building in the respective countries.

He added that he is very happy to be a part of this milestone achievement that began in September 2022. The MOU signing marks the culmination of a process that saw Williams and a delegation from the city travelling to Crete to partake in the first signing last year.

Mayor of the Municipality of Sitia, Georgios Zervakis, who signed on behalf of his city, advised that the city of Sitia intends to forge friendships and work together to pursue common interests.

He added that cooperation gives rise to opportunities for citizens to improve their lives socially and financially and is a part of this common goal. As such “we have the ambition and relations between our two nations to create an environment for people, whereby they will upgrade their quality of life”.

READ Montego Bay and Greece city of Sitia twinned


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