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Aberdeen and Halifax strengthen trade links through renewed Memorandum of Understanding
A document strengthening trade links between two global oil cities has been signed at Offshore Europe.
Mayor of Halifax, Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Michael Savage and Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this morning to reaffirm the special relationship between the two cities. This builds on a long-standing MoU between the Nova Scotia Province and Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray councils.
Canada is a target market for Aberdeen companies and is considered by the North East Scotland Trade Development Group to be a priority export market, particularly for the energy sector. Atlantic Canada is particularly interesting for Aberdeen's oil and gas supply chain companies, given the common challenges of offshore exploration and production.
Building on the well-established link Halifax approached Aberdeen during the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston in May to propose the signing of an MoU, specifically between the cities of Halifax and Aberdeen.
The Lord Provost said: "Aberdeen and Canada have links going back hundreds of years and those links remain strong to this day. The Granite City and Halifax have particularly close links, forged and strengthened in recent years by the energy industry and shared business interests.
"We have a lot to offer each other and I think the signing today of this Memorandum of Understanding will go a considerable way to further strengthening the friendship between our cities and helping businesses on both sides to develop and grow."
Mayor Savage said: "Halifax's relationship with Aberdeen will continue to be important as we pursue mutual opportunities in oil and gas, renewable energy, sustainable development, education, and tourism.
"The city of Halifax looks forward to many years of collaboration with Aberdeen."
International MoUs represent the formalisation of a relationship between regions or cities seeking to foster business development and trade opportunities. Aberdeen City Council is a signatory to a number of MoUs which include member cities of the
World Energy City Partnership (WECP).
Besides cooperation in the fields of energy technology, research, education and culture, the original Grampian - Nova Scotia MoU included cooperation in:
agricultural production, fishing, food processing and marketing;
use and development of telematics with particular emphasis on rural employment.
This reflected the realities of the wider territories of the region and province at the time, but the economies of both areas have changed significantly since then.
The signing of the new MoU directly between the cities is not only a necessary update to reflect the changes in administrative structures and the stronger urban focus of the economic development in our regions in relation with the energy industry, but also formalises and strengthens the deepening ties of interdependence in our economic and social development since 1996.
Today's signing of the MoU is of particular significance to Mayor Savage, whose father John, as Provincial Premier of Nova Scotia, signed a renewed MoU between Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray Council in Grampian Regional Council and the Province of Nova Scotia in 1996. The original, signed in 1994, was between Nova Scotia and Grampian Region. Aberdeen City Council's director of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure Gordon McIntosh has been directly involved in each of the agreements.