Stories from Sebastian R. Freiku
A 23-member Burkinabe delegation, led by the Mayor of Ouagadougou, Armand Roland Pierre Beouinde, and the Burkina Faso Consul in Kumasi, Madam Vivienne Zure, has visited Kumasi to relive a Kumasi-Ouagadougou Sister City relationship.
The relationship was initiated in 2003, when the mayors of the two cities appended their signatures to a protocol agreement to implement a partnership.
The two cities would focus on cultural cooperation, education, trade, agriculture, health, tourism, sports, security, urban mobility and sanitation.
The Mayor of Ouagadougou stressed on the need to strengthen the friendship between the two cities through exchange programmes for the people.
He called on Burkinabe residents in Kumasi to be a law-abiding to sustain the already cordial relationship between the two countries.
The Mayor of Kumasi, Osei Assibey Antwi, proposed that the two cities encourage students in the study and teaching of French and English, and partner in the area of trade and agriculture under joint programmes.
He suggested that the study of French in Ghanaian schools should be mandatory while English be made compulsory in Burkinabe schools to enhance cooperation between the two countries and break economic barriers.
Osei Assibey Antwi also suggested that the two cities exploit tourism and cultural potentials for the benefit of the people of the two countries.
At a three-day Cultural Fair held at the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi, the Burkina Faso Ambassador in Ghana, H. E. Pingrenona Zagre, thanked Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the encouraging regional integration, thus enhancing cooperation between neighbouring countries.