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Quelimane Mayor Manuel de Araújo (L) and Blantyre Mayor Wild Ndipo signed the MoU o Wednesday 31 January. Photo: Conselho Municipal de Quelimane Facebook
Last Wednesday (January 31), the cities of Quelimane and Blantyre (Malawi), through their Mayors Manuel de Araújo and Wild Ndipo, signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation.
The mutual agreement aims to create business opportunities in different areas, education and health among others, for entrepreneurs of both cities. It consists of five vital points aimed at boosting development through knowledge and cultural exchange and create a favourable environment for reciprocal business investment.
A chamber of commerce office will be created to facilitate contact between the two city councils and liaise with business people.
A delegation from the City Council of Quelimane and the Business Council of Zambézia (CEP-CTA), headed by the Quelimane Mayor Manuel de Araújo, visited the city of Blantyre in the neighbouring Republic of Malawi from 28 to 31 January with the aim of strengthening the relationship between the two cities.
Meanwhile, Blantyre City Council has posted the MoU full text (below) on its Faceboo page.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
between the cities of
BLANTYRE – Malawi
QUELIMANE – Mozambique
The Blantyre City of the Republic of Malawi and Quelimane Municipality of Zambezia Provice in Mozambique wishing to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of cities of Blantyre and Quelimane, expanding friendly contacts and promote common prosperity of the two cities, have reached the following agreement based on strengthening bilateral ties and promoting friendly exchanges and cooperation under the existing Sister City relationship:
1. In accordance with the principles of equality and mutual benefit, the two cities are committing to engage each other and exchange visits regularly with the aim of deepening mutual understanding and consolidating the friendly ties.
2. The two cities commit to promote cooperation in the following fields [but not limited to]
i. Exchange of information in various developments of mutual benefits and available opportunities including areas of public private partnerships;
ii. Development planning in both cities, including the improvement of infrastructure;
iii. Exchange of knowledge in different areas, through the input of technical and social expertise (among these areas urban planning, recreation, health, education, gender and environmental restoration, environmental health issues are of prime importance);
iv. Possibilities of identifying areas of need in the field of human resource development for the cities of Blantyre and Quelimane;
v. Promotion of cultural exchanges and related matters;
vi. Enhancing the process of broadening the revenue base for the City Councils of Blantyre and Quelimane;
vii. Putting in motion, a conducive environment for reciprocal investment by businesses in the respective cities of Blantyre and Quelimane;
viii. Economic development including the stimulation of small business in the cities of Blantyre and Quelimane;
ix. Co-operation on other mutually agreed matters;
3. The two cities will designate an office and contact persons in their respective Councils to be responsible for the liaison work between the two cities so as to facilitate the mutual exchanges and cooperation.
4. In order to further strengthening the friendly ties with each other and developing exchanges and cooperation in various fields, the two sides agree to devote their efforts to the existing Sister City relationship.
5. All actions taken pursuant to this Memorandum of Understanding by the two cities shall comply with the laws of the two countries.
Thus done and signed at Blantyre City Council, Civic Centre, Town Hall on 31st January 2018 at the end of a four day visit to the City of Blantyre by Quelimane City Council officials and a delegation of business persons led by the Lord Mayor Manuel de Araujo (PhD).
WILD NDIPO MANUEL ARAUJO (PhD)
City of Blantyre City of Quelimane
ALFRED W.D. CHANZA (PhD) FERNANDO PEQUENO
Chief Executive Officer Public Administration Advisor
City of Blantyre City of Quelimane