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A tale of 2 cities

Wednesday, February 20 2013

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GIFT FROM LOUIS: Port-of-Spain Mayor Louis Lee Sing, left, presents a gift of a painting to the Mayor of St Catharines in Canada, Brian Mc Mullan at a...
GIFT FROM LOUIS: Port-of-Spain Mayor Louis Lee Sing, left, presents a gift of a painting to the Mayor of St Catharines in Canada, Brian Mc Mullan at a...

THERE is nothing but mutual love and respect between this country’s capital Port-of-Spain and the Canadian city of St Catharines. It has been so for the past 45 years since these two cities were first twinned.

To commemorate the occasion, the Port-of-Spain Corporation in conjunction with the PoS Twinning Association hosted a Flag Raising Ceremony in honour of the visit of Mayor of St Catharines Brian Mc Mullan.

“The twinning of cities is a major event in the life of any city.

Twinning requires constant work and we would like to continue the work and good relationship between our city and that of St Catharines,” PoS Mayor Louis Lee Sing said.

He went on to state the funding for twinning the cities no longer exists, but despite this he would not let that stop him from hosting such events and continue to foster the good relationship with St Catharines.

Twinning has enabled trade and tourism between the two cities and while Lee Sing would not disclose the business advantages, he said that when visits like this occur, it facilitates entrepreneurs from both cities to work together for mutual benefits.

Another benefit of the twinning, Lee Sing said, was the scholarship programme offered to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to study at Brock University.

Today, Mc Mullan will meet with Professor Clement Sankat, principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine campus to arrange an exchange programme between Brock University and UWI.

Mc Mullan was very proud of the relationship formed between the two cites.

With hopes of another successful 45 years, he said, “this is a marriage that has lasted 45 years and a love affair that just keeps on growing.

It is really a chance to celebrate the cultures and histories of our two cities and our two countries. Today is a great example of the friendship and love between our cities.”

The Flag Raising was held at Woodford Square yesterday and was followed by a civic reception.

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