Reports by PISAI GUMAR
LAE Lord Mayor Koim Trilu Leahy has called on the Government to revive the national mayors’ conference as a forum to discuss and share development ideas in the municipalities.
He said only the regional mayors’ conferences were being held and not national.
Leahy said Lae will host the Mamose conference next year.
Leahy raised the matter during the signing of an agreement for a sister-city relationship with Buka town mayor John Angamata last week.
Leahy said the mayors needed an opportunity to discuss various socio-economy issues brought up at regional conferences at a national forum. Lae city manager Roy Kamen and Buka town manager Edward Kenai witnessed the signing of the agreement to share ideas, skills and talents in music, sports, culture and tourism.
The agreement will be reviewed after three years.
Leahy and Angamata agreed on five resolutions:
- Develop a cooperation framework;
- exchange programme to include all sectors which have commonalities for Lae and Buka;
- tourism programmes in both locations will have shared opportunities;
- share technical expertise in area of delivering municipal services while involving technical assistance from external partners to both towns as the spirit of the agreement; and,
- Mentor, develop and expose soccer talents from Buka through the two Lae National Soccer League teams. The teams were Lae city dwellers and Morobe United.