Ambassador Joseph Yun will accompany a delegation from Kota Kinabalu and Sabah as they visit Portland, Oregon from September 27 – October 4, 2014.
Led by Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment, YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Bin Manjun, the Sabah delegation includes the Mayor of Kota Kinabalu Datuk Abidin Madingkir, and representatives from Sabah Tourism Board, Sabah Wildlife Department, Sabah Forestry Department, the Universiti of Malaysia Sabah (UMS), the Danau Girang Field Center, and the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu.
Following through on plans for Kota Kinabalu and Portland to become Sister Cities, this the delegation will witness and MOU signing between the City of Kota Kinabalu and the Portland-Kota Kinabalu Sister City Association (PKKSCA) and meet with Mayor Charlie Hales, Metro Council Chairman Tom Hughes, and many 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,” Ambassador Yun commented.
The delegation will meet with Oregon business and universities interested in doing business in Kota Kinabalu and Sabah, and will also meet with forestry and wildlife experts eager to assist Kota Kinabalu and Sabah with natural resource management and forest and wildlife conservation.
In the joint statement issued by Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak and United States President Barack Obama during the President’s historic visit to Kuala Lumpur in April 2014, the two countries agreed to encourage Sister City arrangement between cities in Malaysia and the United States.