Twinning with French Counterparts Boosts Capacity of Local Government Councils
the backdrop of the recent signing of a joint declaration establishing the Twinning of the Saint Lucian community of Babonneau with the town of Grand Bourg, Marie Galante, Guadeloupe, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Transformation, Local Government & Community Empowerment Ms. Juliana Alfred lauded the benefits of such cooperation agreements.
The primary values which twinning represents are friendship, co-operation and mutual awareness between the peoples of two different locations. It represents a long-term commitment between the partners in a variety of sectors including trade, culture, health and education.
Over the years, many local councils have established such relationships with the French Departments of the region.
Ms. Alfred said, “It is always a pleasure for us to facilitate such a process. For the government and for the councils, these relationships have always been very good. Many relationships are based on technical and cultural exchanges. The country benefits in terms of co-operation, and we see that especially in times of crisis. I want to take this opportunity to extend gratitude to the communities in Guade- loupe and Martinique because most recently, when we were affected by the trough of 2013, Saint Lucia got tremendous assistance from these communities, and such support only came about because of the twinning arrangement that Saint Lucia had established with our French neighbours.”
The Permanent Secretary extended congratulations to the Parliamentary Representative for Babonneau, the Honourable Alvina Reynolds, and the Babonneau Constituency Council and welcomed the community of Grand Bourg to be a part of the Saint Lucian family.
PS Juliana Alfred and MP Alvina Reynolds sign Twinning Agreement.