Panaji and Dubrovnik sign Partnership Agreement during visit to Croatia


The IUC-supported cooperation between the cities of Panaji (India) and Dubrovnik (Croatia) continues to progress, with the cities recently signing a Partnership Agreement in support of their collaboration to address key sustainable urban development challenges.

A delegation from the Corporation of City of Panaji, headed by the Honourable Mayor Mr. Udai Vamon Modcoicar and Commissioner Mr. Sanjit Robert Rodrigues, visited Dubrovnik on 10-13 December 2019. The delegation was hosted by Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mr. Mato Frankovic, and the President of the City Council, Mr. Marko Potrebica, as well as key city representatives. On this occasion, the Pairing Agreement between the City of Dubrovnik and IUC India was signed.

The purpose of this exchange was to strengthen the cities' cooperation, visit smart city sites, and exchange best practices, especially in the fields of smart mobility and waste management. The outcome will be a joint Local Action Plan.

The Honourable Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic welcomed the Indian delegation, emphasising his support for the project and future cooperation of the two cities. "Projects like this are of a great importance for the future because they bring cities together, foster co-operation, exchange of experience and future good relationships," said Mayor Frankovic.

The Honourable Mayor Mr. Udai Vamon Modcoicar echoed his enthusiasm, explaining, “We are very delighted to be here. It is indeed beneficial to work with an important city like Dubrovnik, with which we share some common features. The EU International Urban Cooperation project provides us with this unique opportunity and we look forward to a productive partnership.”

The Commissioner of the City of Panaji, Mr. Sanjit Robert Rodrigues looked forward to the pairings great potential, saying, “We are very satisfied with the pairing with Dubrovnik. There are very good opportunities for both cities to work on issues of both local and global importance. We anticipate that this pairing will result into some real time solutions which will be useful for the citizens of Panaji.”

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