KK-Hangzhou Friendship City Pact
Hangzhou of the People’s Republic of China and Kota Kinabalu of Sabah, Federation of Malaysia, signed an agreement on the establishment of Friendship City relationship at Marriott Hangzhou Qianjiang, here, Friday.
Vice-Mayor of Hangzhou City, Wang Hong signed on behalf of the Hangzhou Municipal Government while Mayor of Kota Kinabalu, Datuk Nordin Siman, signed on behalf of Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK).
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew, who led a 12-member delegation from the Ministry, DBKK and Sabah Tourism Board (STB), witnessed the signing ceremony. She was accompanied by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Nordin, William Baya, STB Chairman Ken Pan Ying On and President of Sabah-China Chamber of Commerce (SCCC), Datuk Frankie Liew.
Liew, who is also Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, said the move is in accordance with the principles of the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relationship between the Federation of Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China.
“The aim is to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the Malaysian and Chinese people,and consolidate and develop friendly cooperation between the two sides. I am happy with the outcome of our inaugural meeting with the Vice-Mayor of Hangzhou City, which led to the signing ceremony,” she said.
The agreement states that both cities will promote friendship in order to develop cooperation based on mutual respect, and foster a friendly environment in exchange of diverse information and knowledge for mutual benefit and development.
Both cities will support international exchanges in fields of mutual interests such as economy, trade, education, culture, arts, tourism and sports to increase the mutual understanding of the people of each city.
Liew and Wang deliberated on ways to enhance collaboration in the education, culture, tourism, trade and investment sectors for the benefit of Sabah and Hangzhou.
Among the proposals are to initiate student and civil servant exchange programmes which will be further discussed.
The duo noted that there are similarities between Sabah and Hangzhou in terms of Unesco-recognised heritage sites, tourism products and colourful culture.
According to Liew, the Memorandum of Implementation of Friendship City Relationship is expected to be signed in Sabah before the end of the year. “We have extended our invitation to Vice-Mayor Wang Hong to come to Sabah for the signing ceremony,” she said.
Present were Deputy Secretary-General of Hangzhou Municipal Government, Wang Ren, Deputy Director of Hangzhou Foreign Affairs Office, Du Shigen, Deputy Director of Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV Press, Publication and Tourism, Zhuo Xinning, and Deputy Director of Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Commerce, Zheng Yongbiao.
The Minister’s delegation included DBKK Director of Valuation Department, Sr. Lifred Wong, Director of Economics, Tourism and International Relations Bureau, Fauziahton Ag Samad, Deputy President of SCCC, Dato’ Soh Poh Soon, STB Senior Marketing Manager, Tay Shu Lan, Assistant Digital Marketing Manager, Khung Wen Ying and Liew’s Private Secretary, Helen Muhammari.