Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Kota Kinabalu is Vladivostok’s fourth sister city

Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) created another milestone on Monday when it added the City of Vladivostok in Russia to become its fourth sister city.

Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim and Vladivostok City Mayor Igor Pushkaryov officially established the sister city relationship during a signing ceremony held at the Vladivostok City Council here.

Witnessing the historical event were Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun, the ministry’s permanent secretary Datuk Suzannah Liaw and Sabah Tourism Board general manager Datuk Irene Benggon Charuruks.

Also present were Vladivostok City Vice Mayor Alexey Litvinov, DBKK Deputy Director-General Joannes Solidau, DBKK directors Ir. Lee Tet Fon, Walter Kenson & Robert Lipon, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru general manager Andrew Steele, senior officers from Sabah Tourism Board and tourism agents from Sabah.

By entering into the agreement, the cities of Kota Kinabalu and Vladivostok agreed to promote economic, cultural and scientific exchanges among others.

Both cities will provide information to their respective citizens about each others’ history, culture and current issues, and at the same time establish exchange programmes in the areas of culture, sports, youth and others.

They will also inform each other about the structure and activities performed by their respective local governments, as well as promote various events aimed at strengthening their sister city ties.

In his address, Iliyas said he is very impressed with the beautiful port city of Vladivostok and thanked his counterpart for accepting Kota Kinabalu as its sister city, making it the 18th sister city of Vladivostok.

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