EKURHULENI MEETS ITS CHINA COUNTER PARTS
The cities of Ekurhuleni and Harbin in China agreed to work together in uplifting their socio-economic profiles.
The two cities, who already have a memorandum of understanding (MoU), met on Tuesday at the City's Germiston headquarters and agreed that the time for action on their long standing agreement was now. This part of the plan will be realised on the back of a working programme, which is in the process of being developed.
Both agreed to co-operate in the fields of education; tourism; investment; urban management and city planning; and culture.
"Our City is on the verge of rolling out a spatial framework that will make us compatible and liveable with easy access to work opportunities. Realising this MoU could, therefore, not have come at a better time.
"We are also eagerly looking forward to working with Harbin in the education space so that we can develop an exchange programme that will allow both cities to benchmark against each other and share best practice," said MMC for Sport, Heritage, Recreation, Arts and Culture Cllr Dora Mlambo.
Leader of the Harbin delegation Jiang Gouwen lamented the time already wasted to realise the 2004 MoU, but committed to changing the status quo. He gave an undertaking that the City of Harbin will revisit all the focus areas of the agreement and urgently revert back with ways to actualise them, adding that Ekurhuleni was his city's leading sister city in Africa and that China's Consular General fully supports the relationship.
Caption: Leader of the City's delegation MMC Dora Mlambo presents a token of appreciation to leader of the Harbin delegation Jiang Gouwen during the two cities' meeting.