Leveraging Sister City Relationships as a Driver of Economic Development

Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo Lewis hosts a roundtable with U.S. and South African state and local officials at the Department of State on March 13, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Reta Jo Lewis is the Secretary’s Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs.

The Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs, in partnership with the Bureau of African Affairs and Sister Cities International, recently hosted a “Smart Partnership Dialogue: Global Engagement Series” entitled, “Leveraging Sister City Relationships as a Driver of Economic Development.” U.S. and South African state and local officials discussed the economic advantages and benefits to building strong city-to-city relationships and how best to utilize these relationships for mutual benefit.

The program, which was held on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, began with welcoming remarks by Ambassador Stephen Nolan, Director, South African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Adam Kaplan, Sister Cities International, moderated a panel discussion which featured Wanda… more »

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