Madison mayor visits KMC to strengthen ties
By Sulayman Waan
Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, mayor of Madison, Wisconsin City Council in the United States of America accompanied by a high powered-delegation is in the country as guests of Kanifing Municipal Council.
The visit is aimed at strengthening the over-decades long bilateral ties between the two councils, working collaboratively to strengthen ties in a number of areas. Also, the visit will also enable the two councils to share mutual interest to enhance development.
As part of the visit, mayors of Madison and KMC, Satya Rhodes Conway and Talib Ahmed Bensouda respectively with their delegations on Monday held a general meeting at KMC Chambers.
Addressing the gathering, Talib Ahmed Bensouda, mayor of KMC, expressed delight at receiving his Madison City counterparts at his municipality.
Mayor Bensouda while describing the visit as a positive signal in bolstering relationship between the two councils, commended Samba Baldeh, a Gambian senator in the USA for establishing the relationship.
Following his visit to Madison City Council in USA, Mayor Bensouda recalled that he learnt a lot while in the US and tried to replicate some of those developments in the Kanifing Municipality.
He made reference to the ‘Mbalit’ project, Kanifing library, Bakoteh dumpsite fencing project among others, as some of the projects he initiated upon his returned from US trip.
These projects, he said had been inspired by the Madison City Council. “KMC is grateful in receiving the Madison City delegation. We would also like to work with you in the area of tourism and other sectors.” he added.
For her part, Satya Rhodes Conway, mayor of Madison City, commended all those who contributed in building the relationship between the two cities, describing it as a step in the right direction for the two cities.
The two cities, she added, shared a lot of interest from supporting entrepreneurs, to education, environment, housing among others.
“KM is a developing city and it greatly needs housing scheme to enhance development in the city.”
Mayor Conway, assured that the relationship between the two cities would be surely maintained and useful to both.
Kemo Bojang, head of Foreign Affairs at KMC, said his council has a leadership that is willing to support youth to harness their potential. “We are looking for win-win situation for all us,” he stated.
Bojang noted that as the council is building a modern library, he called on the Madison City Council to support KMC in advancing the modern facility.