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Sister City Relations Should Improve Trade and Investments

2007-07-03 22:12:46
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Mohammed Amin
Mr. Mohammed Amin Adam, Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive, has stressed the need to use "sister-city" relations to foster strong trade relations and also open up investment opportunities among the people.

He said sister-city relationships should seek to improve the economic well being of the people and should not be used as an avenue for fun fair and political "talk shops" between politicians.

Mr. Adam said this at the inauguration of the sister-city relations between the two metropolises of Tamale and Commune 2 Niamey, of Niger in Tamale.

He said in order for such relations to be fruitful there was the need for political heads of the cities to create an enabling environment to promote trade and investment and also ensure law and order for the free movement of the people.

Mr. Adam said the metropolis of Tamale and Commune 2 Niamey could explore areas of cooperation in trade and investment, agriculture, non-traditional exports and animal husbandry, desertification, sanitation and sports.

He said in the area of sanitation for example, the Tamale Metropolis had been noted for its cleanliness and the people of Niamey could learn from its experience while in animal husbandry Tamale could learn the "secret" of how Niger breeds bigger and healthier animals despite the fact that the country does not have good vegetation.

Mr. Adam said because of its strategic location Tamale is a centre for trade and commerce between the southern sector of the country and the north through which countries such as Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali transact their business.

He said an inland port was to be constructed in the metropolis to facilitate the transportation of goods and services between these countries and urged them to take advantage of it to increase the volume of trade between the two cities.

Mr. Syni Munkaila, Mayor of Commune 2 Niamey, recounted the historical and cultural ties that exist between the Dagombas of Tamale and the Zambramas of Niger and said they were one people.

He emphasised the need for them to continue these relationship by trading more among themselves and exchanging cultural visits to strengthen the bonds of social relations.

Mr. Munkaila commended the cordial relationship existing between the people of Tamale and the citizens of Niger residing in the metropolis and urged them to be law abiding.


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