LIMA — In a showing of cultural exchange, local Ghanaian representatives of Gomoa Assin Mampong visited Lima city council chambers to announce the potential of a new sister city partnership between the two municipalities.
Ben Brako said he’s looking to the City of Lima and its people as a potential source of technical information on small-scale farming and urban planning to help the village increase its standard of living at a low cost.
“This small village is basically a farming community,” Brako said. “So we’re trying to find ways and means for them to do self help to improve their productivity.”
As part of the announcement, Brako and his wife, Dr. Tilly Effie Duncan-Sampson, presented a decorative bowl to Mayor David Berger.
Brako said he had met Berger at a private function when they initially began to discuss a potential partnership between the two municipalities as part of Lima’s International Sister Cities Association.
Established in 1995, LISCA is devoted to promote understanding and appreciation of other cultures throughout the world. Through the organization, Lima is currently a sister city with Harima-cho in Japan. Lima has also been developing a partnership with Varanasi, India.
After accepting the gift, Berger said the city looks forward to establishing talks with the Ghanaian municipality down the line.
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