Walvis, Swakopmund and Windhoek to intensify cooperation efforts
04 July 2021 | Government
Leroy Victor; Chairperson; “The parties will strive to develop various cooperation programmes…”
The Walvis Bay municipal council granted its approval for the establishment of a tripartite partnership and cooperation agreement with the City of Windhoek and the municipality of Swakopmund.
A ceremony will be arranged for the official signing of the agreement by the mayors of all three participating local authorities.
Leroy Victor, Walvis Bay management committee chairperson, explained that council already resolved in 2001 to enter into an inter-municipal agreement of partnership and cooperation with the City of Windhoek.
A similar decision was taken by council in 2005 involving the municipality of Swakopmund.
However, these agreements came to an end in 2015.
Meetings were subsequently held between the project coordinators from all three local authorities.
“Both the City of Windhoek and the Municipality of Swakopmund indicated that they wish to renew the agreement. A draft agreement was compiled by delegates from the three towns expressing a wish to strengthen, promote and foster a friendly relationship between the local authorities and residents of the involved towns.”
The agreement seeks to strengthen the Windhoek-Walvis Bay-Swakopmund relationship by means of co-operation in various focus areas.
These include funding business models for delivery of social services; human resources, capacity building and related matters; policy development and municipal regulations; technical and operational assistance and knowledge sharing; urbanization, land and housing experiences; corporate governance; and any other field which may become relevant from time to time and are agreed upon between the parties.
Victor said that the parties are fully of the needs, challenges, strengths and opportunities which exist in the local government sphere.
“The parties will strive to develop various cooperation programmes as identified administratively under the main areas through the exchange of information, staff, and mutual cooperation.”
The chief executive officer at each Local Authority will be responsible for the coordination of joint activities and interactions and each local authority shall be equally responsible for the costs incurred to execute this agreement.
The agreement will become effective from the date of signing by all the parties and shall be of force and effect for a period of five years.