Sister City Agreement Between Columbus and Accra, Ghanaby Representative Joyce Beatty
Posted on 2015-12-10
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Mrs. BEATTY. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to ask my colleagues to join
me in recognizing the signing of a sister city agreement between the
City of Columbus and Accra, Ghana on November 30, 2015.
This is Columbus' tenth sister city agreement, but it is momentous because it is the city's first such agreement with a city on the African continent. I was privileged to attend and participate in the signing ceremony between Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and Accra Mayor Alfred Vanderpuije.
Columbus, a diverse city, is home to nearly 10,000 people of Ghanaian descent and this partnership reinforces already firmly established ties between Columbus and Accra building economic, educational and cultural diversity between the two municipalities.
I am also proud to inform my colleagues that Franklin University and The Ohio State University are working with educational institutions in Ghana to create even greater academic and cultural exchanges.
As a City known for the Arts, Columbus' King Arts Complex is also working on a formal agreement to foster a relationship with the Ghana National Theatre.
Mr. Speaker, I commend the cities of Columbus, Ohio and Accra, Ghana for this historic agreement and look forward to a long and prosperous partnership.