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COOPERATION BETWEEN U.S. AND GHANA MAYORS

WHEREAS, as part of its Millennium Initiative CITIES/2000, The United States Conference of Mayors sent a delegation of U.S. Mayors, composed of Mayor Wellington E. Webb of Denver, leader of the delegation, and Mayors Charles Box of Rockford, Joseph P. Ganim of Bridgeport, James A. Garner of Hempstead, Patsy Jo Hilliard of East Point, Sharpe James of Newark, David Moore of Beaumont, Marilyn Murrell of Arcadia (OK), Jesse M. Norwood of Prichard (AL), Donald L. Plusquellic of Akron, Kurt Schmoke of Baltimore, and James H. Sills, Jr. of Wilmington (DEL)--to the nation of Ghana in West Africa, May 14-20, 1999, in a mayoral mission to exchange ideas about common urban challenges; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Mayoral delegation held a Mayors Leadership Institute on Tuesday, May 18, 1999, attended by 35 mayors from all regions of Ghana and 20 Mayors from the United States, centering on three subjects -- economic development and trade, financial management, and the environment; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Mayors Leadership Institute included a variety of speakers, including The Honorable Samuel Victor Adokwei Addo, Mayor of Accra; the Honorable Kwamena Ahwoi, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development in Ghana; Mrs. Mou Charles Harris, Regional Advisor, Urban Management Program, African Regional Office, United Nations/ World Bank Global Initiative, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; The Honorable Robert Mallett, Deputy Secretary of Commerce; and all members of the U.S. delegation in a productive and lively exchange of ideas,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors expresses its appreciation to the Mayor of Accra, Ghanaian mayors in attendance at the seminar, and the Association of Ghanaian mayors for the opportunity to engage in dialogue and discussion on matters of mutual importance; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors explore ways of continuing cooperation with Ghana in order to forge mutually-beneficial relationships between the peoples of both nations.

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