A three-member delegation from the Municipality of Palermo has ended a four-day working visit to Sekondi-Takoradi as part of the implementation of Twin-Cities in Sustainable Partnership Project (TCSPP) from Sunday, May 29 to Thursday, June 2, 2022.
The visit happens to be the first mission for the partners of the project, Palermo Municipality and Ghana Sicily Business Forum in line with the transnational exchange visits to strengthen the twining-relationship between the two cities.
The delegation was led by Prof. Mario Zito, the deputy Mayor of Palermo Municipality in-charge of Culture. The other members were Lawyer Francesco Campagna, Honorary Consul of Ghana in Sicily and the president of the Ghana Sicily Business Forum as well as Artist Francesco Bellina, an international photographer with a lot of working experience in Ghana.
Whilst in the twin-city, the delegation first paid a courtesy call on the Regional Minister and Acting Mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi, Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah (MP). Welcoming the delegation, the Minister noted that the implementation of TCSPP has come at the right time to shape the future of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis. The acting Mayor stated that some of the areas his administration has been working assiduously is climate change, job creation and promotion of the region’s investment potentials. He further stated that the Metropolis and the region as a whole are ready to cooperate with interested partners to bring development.
Hon. Okyere Darko-Mensah added that with strong collaboration, the two cities are capable to provide the platform to encourage the youth to stay and create opportunities and jobs for themselves instead of risking their lives for none existing greener pastures in Europe. The Minister mentioned that Sekondi-Takoradi has a free zone enclave and appealed to the delegation to encourage their business community to take advantage as part of the twinning relationship to invest in the Metropolis. He also called on them to encourage educational institutions in Palermo to partner with their counterparts in the region especially Takoradi Technical Institute (TTU) to develop appropriate technological innovation to solve many of the global issues..
Mr. Francesco Campagna on his part acknowledged the many opportunities in Ghana especially in the Western Region. He called for stronger cooperation between the two countries and noted that, with an efficient and fruitful collaboration, it will be possible to involve the small and medium enterprises in both countries for a win-win situation. He believes apart from tourism, the connection between the free zone in Palermo and Ghana can easily boost export between the two countries. According to Mr. Campagna, strong collaboration is needed to pave a way for companies in the Western Region to have the right partners in Palermo in different areas from Agric to tourism.He expressed the Mayor of Palermo’s unflinching desire to deepen the twinning relationship with Sekondi-Takoradi for the mutual benefit of citizens in the two cities. He therefore assured the regional minister of their total commitment to ensure promotion of cooperation among institutions and businesses with the implementation of Twin-Cities in Sustainable Partnership Project.
The delegation also had separate meetings with the leadership of Sekondi-Takoradi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (STCCI), management of Takoradi Technical University (TTU), regional directorates of Ghana Tourism Authority and Centre for National Culture. The team also participated in the maiden “Senior High Schools Visual Art Festival” organized by the Metro Office of Center for National Culture in collaboration with Ghana Education Service, secretariat of TCSPP and Media General (Connect FM).