The Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) and the Accra Municipal Authority (AMA) through their mayors Cyvette M. Gibson and Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije have signed a Sister-City Agreement for resilience.
It can be recalled that the city of Paynesville was in May of this year selected for the 100RC (Resilient Cities) among 325, which applied for inclusion in the worldwide network.
PCC was chosen based on its willingness, ability and need to become resilient in the face of future challenges.
Member cities were selected upon the recommendation of distinguished judges from around the world.
As a member of the 100RC, Paynesville has gained access to tools, funding, technical expertise and other resources to build resilience to the challenges of the 21st Century.
According to a dispatch from Accra, Mayor Gibson said the agreement is a milestone for the two cities (Paynesville and Accra).
She noted that the partnership will enable both Paynesville and Accra to build resilience to withstand future shocks and stresses.
The Paynesville Mayor pointed out that although Paynesville is not the capital city of Liberia, like Accra is for Ghana, it is the most densely populated city, geographically the largest municipality, and hosts the largest commercial district in Liberia.
“Paynesville and Accra face many similar challenges, such as massive urban growth, rainfall flooding, sanitation and water management issues. As a post-conflict country (Liberia), at the end of our years of civil crisis, the city of Paynesville inherited a host of additional problems including growth in urban poverty and an increasing demand for basic services such as health care and installation of infrastructure,” said the PCC boss.
“The AMA under the dynamic leadership of Mayor Alfred Vanderpuije has ensured the city’s systems such as transportation, water, sanitation, energy, health care, public safety, and education can cope with the influx of new residents. This achievement is one to which all cities aspire to accomplish,” Mayor Gibson further stated.
“Our synergy has placed us in the unique position wherein we can build bridges of partnerships, lessons learned to enrich the lives of our citizens and change the way we do business in Africa,” Mayor Gibson indicated.
She used the occasion to thank the people of Accra for helping to “Maintain the Green,” in her city.