Port of Spain and Georgetown become sister cities

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– ANGELO MARCELLE

On Friday, the mayors of Port of Spain and Georgetown, Guyana signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a sister city relationship.

The signing took place at City Hall and Georgetown was added to Port of Spain’s sister city sorority – the second in two weeks.

Other sister cities include: St Catherine in Ontario, Canada; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Morne-A-L’eau in Guadeloupe; Kingston in Jamaica and Yeosu in South Korea.

On October 28, Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez agreed to a similar memorandum of understanding with Kumasi, Ghana.

Martinez said the MOU with Georgetown has been in the works since 2019. The two cities have similar cultures and goals, he explained, and the MOU will benefit citizens of both cities in areas such as health, education, trade, tourism and culture.

The two mayors met on October 21 at a forum of mayors in Argentina. Martinez said, “We have joined four other Caribbean cities in signing an agreement to collaborate on a plan to improve the quality of life for our people. »

He pledged Port of Spain’s continued support for the establishment of bilateral relations with Guyana.

Georgetown Mayor Pandit Ubraj Narine agreed that Port of Spain and Guyana have a lot in common. He believed that signing the memorandum of understanding could bring the two towns closer to a working relationship.

“Guyana now has an oil and gas sector. We need specialists and the specialists are right here at TT. I believe this MOU will bring that unity between cities and countries by extension.”

“In Argentina, it was the idea of ​​the mayor of Port of Spain to work together to form a community of Caribbean cities and we signed an agreement.”

The cities included in the agreement with Argentina are: Georgetown, Port of Spain, San Fernando, Belize City and one in Dominica. Martinez had been named the group’s president, Narine said.

“Ideas are good, yes, but action is necessary. Let this MoU we are signing today not just be an instrument of words and discussions, let’s put it into action,” Narine said.

It was noted that the MoU does not create legally binding rights or obligations and its terms cannot be adjudicated in local or international courts.

Narine thanked the Port of Spain company for the opportunity and acknowledged the extension of the board’s term.