Sister Cities Partnership between Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana and Detroit, USA
by STMA / May 15th, 2024 /
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A three-member delegation from African Roots Travel has visited the city authorities of Sekondi-Takoradi to discuss the possibility of establishing a sister-city partnership between Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana and Detroit, USA. The Public Relations Officer of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), Mr. John Laste, welcoming the team stated that the Mayor and the Coordinating Director were engaged in a national assignment within the Metropolis, and they had entrusted him and the Head of Administration to represent them at the meeting. He noted that the Assembly is no stranger to partnerships with other cities across the world, with several successful collaborations already underway, promoting development. He emphasized that city-to-city partnerships hold significant potential for sharing expertise, especially in governance, education, and health. He added that the Assembly’s model has been to create the link and encourage institutions in both cities to establish partnerships for mutual benefits.

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The CEO of African Roots and Travels, Maurice Cheetham, stated that the Mayor of Detroit had assigned individual delegates to establish a sister cities partnership with Ghana, and Sekondi-Takoradi was selected by their team due to shared similarities such as the presence of a harbour. He further explained that the sister city initiative aims to facilitate cultural exchange and promote development between Sekondi-Takoradi and Detroit. The Head of Administration, Mr. Micheal Adjie, conveyed his excitement about the collaboration, highlighting the supportive stance of both mayors, which will lend crucial political momentum to the project. He emphasized the importance of targeting specific areas and outlining clear responsibilities to facilitate the transformation of communities in both cities and provide a structured framework for measuring the impact and progress toward achieving its goals.

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The meeting ended with a conclusion that STMA will formally respond to the proposal from African Roots Travel, followed by a roadmap from both cities to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Others in the meeting were Mr. Francis Kofi Amoah and Ms. Bernice Ghansah, both Assistant Directors with the STMA. From the African Roots Travel were Russel Quarcoo, the Liaison Officer, Ebenezer Atiase, Sekondi Takoradi Rep and Joshua Fernybul.


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