PICTON – A representative group from Kouga Local Municipality in South Africa will work with County staff in the Community Development Department this month as part of the ongoing partnership of their home. Building Buildings Building Buildings program (BIGM).
Monday on Monday morning, the County welcomed representatives from the South African Kouga town during a short reception in council rooms at the County Hall in Picton.
Participating in the & # 39; mission from Kouga Local Municipality (KLM) is Hattingh Bornman, Council Speaker, Fezeka Mabusela, Director of Planning, Development & Tourism, and Vusumzi Yake and Xolile Wagosa, the two local economic development officers for Kouga.
"It's a great honor for us to be in the area, and we are happy to work with our colleagues," said Bornman. "We are keen to grow on our local economy and look forward to learning from Prince Edward County and seeing how successful they are on. achieved so far. "
For more than a year, County and Kouga have worked together to develop solutions to a common challenge such as local economic development and youth communications. The BIGM program has been made possible by the Canadian Federation of Towns (FCM), in conjunction with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).
It is financed entirely by Global Affairs Canada with contributions in partnership from the partner agencies.
"Despite being 15,000 kilometers apart and living in different continents, the two communities are similar in a number of areas, which have contributed to their partnership," said Chief Constable Steve Ferguson, who visited Kouga in March on behalf of the council and Admiral Robert Quaiff. "After taking part in planning in early Kouga, I am delighted that their agents will work with our staff in the coming weeks as they develop their own modes based on our successful programs. "
Its partnership began in October 2017 when representatives from Kouga, SALGA, and FCM visited the County. The partners have recently held online meetings, expressed over e-mail, and participated in two other missions. Delegates from the area worked in Kouga in March and September 2018.
"Although today's technology allows us to achieve a lot enough, we are at the program level when Kouga's agents need to participate in to deliver our programs here in the area, to develop daily knowledge and knowledge they will put back in South Africa, "explains Neil Carbone, community development leader and strategic initiatives for the County. "During this time, they help with their annual Business Conservation and Expansion program, supporting our destination development activities, and engaging in various public meetings and partnership actions aimed at strengthening their own capacities in those areas. "
"This program is a great deal worthwhile," said James Hepburn, CAO of the County. "At this stage in partnership, Kouga's representatives work with the staff of the County – who help us while they learn from the procedures and programs This support is invaluable for our staff and at the same time providing very good knowledge of project management, communication, problem solving and intercultural learning – things that are not very good often reflecting things that are professional professional professional activities. "
Visit the FCM website (https://fcm.ca/home/programs/international/our-programs/building-inclusive- green-municipalities.htm) to learn more about the BIGM program.