Zliten has signed a twinning agreement with the Italian city of Syracuse within the joint Italian-Libyan program, Municipalities Without Borders, with the title (100 projects for 100 cities).
The Mayor of Zliten, the spokesperson for the emerging Libyan Municipalities Authority Miftah Hammadi, and the head of the Italian National Association of Municipalities Enzo Bianco oversaw the signing ceremony, which took place in Italy with the aims to twin municipalities and companies in the two countries.
According to the Italian National Association of Municipalities' head, the agreements target renewable energy, water infrastructure, and restoring archaeological buildings linked to the Libyan-Italian common culture.
Bianco confirmed that they got a plan in place ready to go, indicating that a Libyan team will visit the Municipality of Trentino to work on medium-term agreements.
He expressed the Italian municipalities' desire to work alongside the Libyan counterparts to help them grow and develop. "This is one of the most important conditions for achieving stability in Libya," he explains.
Meanwhile, spokesman for the Libyan Emerging Municipalities Authority, Miftah Hammadi, said that the goal of the Libyan municipalities is to move away from administrative centralization and build capacity to enhance independence.
He indicated that the large size of Libya prompted them to partner with the Italian Federation of Municipalities with the hope that cooperation would continue until achieving prosperity all over the country.
For his part, the Mayor of Tripoli Municipality, Ibrahim Ahmed Al-Khalifa, stressed the need for joint training programs between the municipalities of both countries, calling for maintaining cooperation over time. "Maintaining peace and avoiding wars can only be achieved through development," the mayor said.