Waitakere and amritsar cities become sis


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Chandigarh Februray 27:

A new chapter began in the bilateral relations of Punjab and New Zealand as both entered into two Memorandums of Understanding, declaring Waitkere and Amritsar cities as Sister cities and to provide training to Punjab pilots in New Zealand.

In a formal ceremony held here today, representatives of Punjab and New Zealand signed two MoUs in the august presence of Deputy Chief Minister S. Sukhbir Singh Badal and New Zealand delegation led by their Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Richard Worth OBE.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Badal said that Punjab and New Zealand, both agricultural driven economies can have synergies in the area of dairy development and civil aviation. He said that lot of Punjabies have migrated to New Zealand and New Zealand is like second home to them. Mr. Badal said that Punjab Government will soon enter into MoU on dairy sector soon to gain from advanced research done by New Zealand in dairy development.

Welcoming the initiatives of Deputy Chief Minister S. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Dr. Richard Worth internal affair minister said that India and New Zealand had recently signed agreement to explore areas of mutual interests and he was happy that Mr. Badal has identified areas of mutual interests. He said that Punjab and New Zealand have strong aspects of complimentability and they can develop synergies in dairy, agro-tech, semen and G-marking.

The New Zealand Minister said that the New Zealand was ideal place for aviation training as rapidly changing weather in New Zealand gives exposure to pilot to tackle change of weather. In the MoU entered between CEO of Waitkere city council and additional Commissioner Municipal Cooperation Amritsar it was agreed to explore potential for future civic relationship between two sister cities and develop many and varied opportunities that exists for collaboration. It was agreed to identify economic, social and cultural activities and identify pathway for ongoing communication.

In the second MoU entered between Southern Institute of Technology Aviation Limited (SIT AV) of New Zealand and Patiala Aviation Club (PAC) agreed to cooperate the process of advanced pilot training Invercargill to enable pilots/students who have appropriate pilot qualification in India and to further train toward enhancing these skills in multiengine and helicopter training including aeronautical and aircraft maintenance engineering. It was also agreed to explore feasibility of setting up a helicopter training school in Punjab and their further training in New Zealand for fast track and complete their rotary wing training.

The New Zealand delegation led by Dr. Richard Worth Internal Affair Minister included Eric Roy and Kanwaljit Bakshi Both MPs, Mr. Vijaya Vaidyanathan, CEO Waitakere City Council, Mr. Richard Duncan, International Relations Manager (Waitakere), Mr. Bharat Guha, International Mnager Southern Institute of Technology, Mr. Giri Gupta, CEO India Trade Group and Mr. Bhavdeep Dhillon, Secretary India Trade Group.

The Punjab delegation included Civil Aviation Minister Dr. Upinderjeet Kaur, MP Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu, Chief Parliamentary Secratary Mr. Des Raj Dhugga, MLA Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, FC Rural Development Mr. G. S. Sandhu, FCD Mr. N. S. Kang, Principal Secretary Local Government Mr. D. S. Bains and Secretary Civil Aviation Mr. Vishawjeet Khanna.