LAE signed a memorandum of agreement with Buka town in Autonomous Region of Bougainville to exchange skills for tourism and technical cooperation.
The MOA was signed by Lae lord mayor Koim Trilue Leahy and Buka mayor John Angamata in Lae on Monday, witnessed by managers Roy Kamen and Edward Kenai.
Leahy said the initiative was to chart a framework for Lae-Buka sister city exchange programme purposely to share ideas and explore skills and talents in music, sports, culture and tourism.
“This is the beginning of many other impact programmes in health and education to pursue at local, regional and national level,” Leahy said.
The technical areas of cooperation will based on the Organic Law on Provincial and Local Level Governments with the specifics of assistance and cooperation to be coordinated by the municipal administrations.
Leahy and Angamata agreed that the two administrations would outsource and secure funding for the staff learning costs of the exchange programme.
The MOA will be reviewed three years from the date of signing.
Leahy and Angamata agreed on six resolutions:
- A cooperation framework;
- an exchange programme;
- tourism programme;
- sharing technical expertise in area of delivering municipal services whilst also involving technical assistance from external partners;
- mentoring and development of soccer talents from Buka through the two Lae-based National Soccer League teams – Lae City Dwellers and Morobe United; and,
- Participation at annual conferences that would help discuss ways to look at development agendas.
The sister-town relations would help both centres looking at ways to address common issues.