KOTA KINABALU: An initiative to acquire tie ups between Malaysian and American cities appears to be gaining grounds.
US Ambassador Joseph Yun would accompany a delegation from Kota Kinabalu to visit Portland and Oregon between Sept 27 and Oct 4.
The Sabah delgation would be headed by State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.
The visit is to follow-up on plans for Kota Kinabalu and Portland to become Sister Cities.
There will a signing of a memorandum of understanding between Kota Kinabalu City and the Portland-Kota Kinabalu Sister City Association (PKKSCA).
The group would also meet Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Metro Council chairman Tom Hughes as well as other business and governmental leaders.
“We hope that this visit and establishing the Sister City partnership between Kota Kinabalu and Portland will lead to stronger people-to-people ties and increased tourism, business activity, and academic exchanges between the people of the two cities,” Yun said.
The delegation would also meet Oregon business owners and university officials keen to explore ventures in Kota Kinabalu and Sabah.
Also anticipated in the programme, is a meeting with forestry and wildlife experts eager to assist Kota Kinabalu and Sabah with natural resource management and forest and wildlife conservation.
Apart from Masidi, the delegation would also comprise Kota Kinabalu Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir and representatives of the Sabah Tourism Board, state Wildlife Department, Sabah Forestry Department, the Universiti of Malaysia Sabah (UMS), the Danau Girang Field Centre, and the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu.
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