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Halifax Now Has a Sister City in England

By Caitlin Snow Jan 19, 2023 | 4:49 PM

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Halifax now has a sister city in England.

Mayor, Mike Savage, signed the agreement today, in Portsmouth alongside Lordmayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Hugh Mason, signed the agreement to progress business and possible opportunities in shipbuilding, oceanology and small businesses.

Also to explore a partnership between naval bases and clean technology both with the aim of net zero carbon emissions.

Councillor Vernon-Jackson said: “This formal agreement to become a “sister city” with Halifax in Nova Scotia opens real potential to expand on work to develop a significant partnership focused on business, our visitor economy, and shared commitment to be net zero for the wider benefit of our city.”

Mayor Savage said: “This agreement with Portsmouth builds on the relationships that already exist between the naval bases and universities in both cities and will enable us to explore new economic opportunities together that will generate business, jobs, and growth in both regions.”

Scott Jamieson, Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Maritime Services business, said: “Having worked in Halifax for 10 years and now based in Portsmouth, I am delighted to witness this landmark agreement. BAE Systems’ extensive support to the Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy means that both naval cities are of strategic importance to our company. It’s great to see the relationship strengthened further.”


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