In collaboration with the South African government, this partnership is aimed at developing capacity in local government through sharing best practices between the two nations, and providing a platform for an engineering exchange programme aimed at driving economic growth and development.
"ECSA is pleased to form this alliance to launch the exchange and cooperation programme between the State of Palestine and the Republic of South Africa with specific focus on Local Governance and Municipal Development," said Edgar Sabela, Acting CEO for ECSA at the signing of the memorandums of understanding between ECSA, PEA, IMESA and MISA, which took place at The Sheraton in Pretoria.
ECSA has, as one of its priorities, a mandate to cultivate partnerships that are geared towards up-skilling engineering practitioners and capacitating local government. ECSA is looking to increase its pool of competent local government engineering practitioners, and meeting this objective will be one of the success factors of this MOU.
"This exchange benefits both countries as the engineers across both South Africa and Palestine have now been given the opportunity to glean from each other and cross-pollinate ideas and strengths across the nations. We have much to learn from each other, I am hoping that this will change the face of engineering in both countries," said Sabela.
ECSA aims to ensure that this agreement will be completely leveraged through the effective delivery of technical training and mentoring programmes for engineers in both nations.
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