Accra, Chattanooga sign Sister City agreement to foster cooperation

16.Apr.2024

The Cities of Accra and Chattanooga in the United States have signed a sister-city agreement to foster international cooperation.  

The agreement, which was signed today at Accra City Hall virtually, saw the attendance of city officials, local dignitaries, businessmen and women from the informal sector, and traditional authorities.

The agreement solidifies the partnership between the two cities, aiming to promote collaboration in areas such as economic development, cultural exchange, education, environmental initiatives, and tourism, among others. 

The areas of cooperation outlined in the agreement include facilitating trade and investment opportunities between the cities, boosting local economies,  encouraging mutual understanding through artistic collaborations, music, and heritage sharing,  promoting academic partnerships between institutions in both cities, working together on projects focused on sustainable development and environmental protection, as well as supporting each other's tourism industries through best practices and shared marketing efforts.

In her opening remarks, the Mayor of Accra, Hon. Elizabeth Kwatsoe Sackey emphasised the benefits the agreement would bring to both cities. 

"Our cities may have different landscapes, cultures, and histories, but we believe that diversity is our strength. By joining forces, we can harness the power of our differences to drive innovation, promote cultural exchange, and foster economic growth...Through this sister city agreement, we pledge to exchange knowledge, expertise, and best practices in areas such as urban development, sustainability, education, and technology. Together, we will work towards building resilient, inclusive, and thriving communities for our residents, " she said.  

"Our cities may have different landscapes, cultures, and histories, but we believe that diversity is our strength. By joining forces, we can harness the power of our differences to drive innovation, promote cultural exchange, and foster economic growth," she added.  

She expressed appreciation to the officials and citizens of Chattanooga for their enthusiasm towards the partnership and commended the commitment to building bridges of understanding and cooperation.

She was hopeful the agreement would help forge lasting connections, nurture friendships, and create a better future for generations to come.

She highlighted that the sister city agreement would catalyze deeper collaboration and mutual understanding between Accra and Chattanooga.

The Mayor of Chattanooga, Tim Kelly echoed that the sister city agreement would open the door to a world of opportunities for both our cities and expressed his city's excitement to collaborate on initiatives aimed at benefiting both cities and strengthening ties.

He expressed great excitement about the new relationship and friendship and emphasised Chattanooga's long history of acknowledging its place in the world and its connections to global cultures, highlighting the importance of exploring cultural heritage and values with other global organisations.

He noted that the history of the American South has been complex, shaped by a blend of African and European cultures, and expressed enthusiasm about the long overdue relationship with Accra. 

Mayor Tim referenced a recent Super Bowl commercial featuring Africa and the connection between American football and world football and mentioned the new soccer team in the state, which recently welcomed a player from Accra.