A sister city relation agreement was signed with municipal leaders of Punta Gorda Town and La Ceiba, Honduras. Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung reports.
A signing agreement of sister city relationships between Punta Gorda and La Ceiba Honduras was done in Punta Gorda. Mayor Ashton McKenzie signed on behalf of the municipality of Punta Gorda.
Ashton McKenzie, Mayor of Punta Gorda: “On Monday November 18 there was a ceremony to formalize a sister city agreement and ties between Punta Gorda Town Council and La Ceiba City Council. It was indeed a most historic and momentous occasion as we had the Honorable Mayor Dr.Jerry Zabio and members of his council on an official visit along with members of the Punta Gorda Town Council as well as our guest speaker the Honorable Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs. This is indeed a historic milestone in the achievement of the Punta Gorda Town Council and in the history of Punta Gorda Town as presently we only have one sister city agreement prior to this one and that is with Prayer View Texas. From a cultural standpoint it is indeed historic as the Garinagu people when you look at their history from St.Vincent to Honduras to Belize we do have heritage and ancestry and that can be linked directly to the inhabitants of La Ceiba Honduras. The scope of this agreement looks to strengthen ties between both municipalities in areas of interest which includes entertainment, culture, sports, healthcare as well as business. It is definitely the intentions of my colleagues and I to visit the city of La Ceiba very soon to basically look at what the municipality has to offer and also to further strengthen ties between both municipalities. During the course of his stay here, his visit here in Punta Gorda Dr.Zabio had the opportunity to visit a number of key institutions both government and non government as well as a variety of local business institutions to give him a feel of what Punta Gorda has to offer.”
Mayor Jerry Zabio signed on behalf of La Ceiba Honduras.
Dr.Jerry Zabio, Mayor of La Ceiba Honduras: “It’s a good moment for us because we have a lot of things in coming her to Punta Gorda from La Ceiba and now we are at this sister city and then we can exchange all the things that we can do.”
The brief signing ceremony held at Punta Gorda Central Park was also witnessed by other representatives of Punta Gorda Town Council and municipality of La Ceiba Honduras as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington.