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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (IR)
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality currently has five partnerships with cities on different continents, namely with Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Göteborg, Sweden; Ningbo, China; Annaba, Algeria and Stichting Steun, Netherlands.
Further partnerships are being pursued with Beira, Mozambique; Glasgow, Scotland; Newcastle Gateshead, North East England; Turku, Finland; and Rio De Janeiro in Brazil.
Each existing partnership is briefly highlighted below:
JACKSONVILLE, USA, FLORIDA
The partnership with Jacksonville was signed on 24 February 2000 and focuses, inter alia, on exchanges and co-operation in the fields of economy, trade, security, culture, education, science and technology.
The Municipality entered into a sister-city relationship with Göteborg, Sweden in November 1999. The partnership focuses on mutually beneficial projects in arts and culture, business, municipal and urban development (town planning), tertiary sector and tourism.
The partnership with Ningbo was concluded on 17 September 2003. The agreement is based on the principles of equality and mutual benefit in order to promote prosperity and development; and focuses on the following areas:
- Economy (which includes Sector development, particularly in agricultural tourism, logistics, investment and trade)
The partnership between the Municipality and Annaba, Algeria was concluded on 27 February 2007. Annabas is our first sister city on the African continent. The partnership focuses on environment, town planning and development, social development, culture, economic development and tourism.
STICHTING STEUN, NETHERLANDS
This partnership was initially entered into between the erstwhile Uitenhage Transitional Local Council and the Stichting Steun.
This partnership was taken over by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, and a new agreement was signed on 31 March 2003. This partnership is currently under review for renewal.
INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS (IGR)
The Municipality values its relations with neighbouring municipalities and other municipalities in the country, which provide for the sharing of knowledge, experiences and joint planning initiatives. Agreements of friendship and co-operation were signed with Cacadu District Municipality and Nxuba Local Municipality on 17 November 2006.
Furthermore, the Municipality has enjoyed good working relations and support from SALGA, the Provincial Government, DPLG, National Treasury and other government departments and parastatals.
EXTERNAL RELATIONS DIVISION
Ms H Botha
Assistant Director: External Relations
5th Floor, Algoa House, Chapel Street
Port Elizabeth, 6001
Tel: +27 (0) 41 506 1907
Fax: +27 (0) 41 506 1961