Atwima, a community in the Atwima-Kwanwoma District of the Ashanti Region and the German city of Murnau am Staffelsee, have entered into a sister-city agreement to promote socio-economic development and cultural ties to enhance education, sanitation, environment and tourism exchange between the two communities.
The benefits from the town twinning arrangement, in terms of cultural understanding, friendship and promotion of educational exchanges, are expected to accelerate the growth and development of the district and attract investment.
Nana Agyei Brempong II, the chief of Atwima, who led a delegation of chiefs to Murnau in Bavaria, to formally sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the first Mayor of the City, Rolf Beuting, assured that the relationship would be taken seriously, and were eager to maximise the benefits to improve livelihoods.
He noted that the chiefs and people of Atwima had expressed excitement at the relationship between the two cities which was unprecedented, and hoped it would accelerate the development of the district.
Nana Brempong praised the Mayor of the city for the twining agreement which was expected to be sustained in spheres of endeavour, especially cultural ties for other cities in Ghana to emulate.
Nana Okyere-Tawiah Antwi, the District Chief Executive for Atwima-Kwanwoma, who was part of the entourage praised Florian Wolfart, Honorary Consul for Ghana in Bavaria and his wife, Torita, Albert Osei-Wusu, Ghanaian based in Germany, Barbara Kronner, the Chief Executive Officer for Kronner/Chokoladen/Manufactur, a chocolate manufacturing company in Bavaria and husband, Franz Windirsch, who were instrumental in initiating the sister city relationship twinning agreement.
Mr Beuting pledged to do everything to strengthen and sustain the ties on the path of growth of the district and beyond, and was convinced the partnership was going to bring tremendous development to the two cities.
Madam Krònner spoke of the decision by her company’s strong support and assistance for production of organic fertiliser to aid Ghanaian cocoa farmers not only to increase crop yield, but maintain quality of cocoa beans and partner Yayra Glover Limited, a Ghanaian private entity at Suhum in the Eastern Region.
Nana Okyere-Tawiah gave the assurance that the district assembly would do all it could to ensure the partnership thrived for mutual benefit of those in the two areas.
The delegation used the opportunity to visit the Dragons Nest Kindergarten and a saw dust and solar energy generation station in Murnau. -GNA