Twinning with French Coun­ter­parts Boosts Ca­pac­ity of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Coun­cils

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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