Panjim, Oct 19 (IENews) The State of Hawai in United States of America and Goa in India have signed Sister-State Relationship Agreement recently.
Governor of Hawaii (US) David Y Ige and the Director of Art and Culture, Goa, Gurudas P Pilarnekar signed the historic agreement today. The important signing ceremony took place at Washington Place at residence of the Governor of Hawaii.
Pradeep A Naik, official of the Directorate of Art and Culture, Goa, was also present along with other dignitaries of Hawaii.
The agreement would promote co-operation in the fields of Art and Culture, Trade, Tourism, Sports, Technology, Pharmaceutical and Cashew Wine Business, Cultural, Culinary and Educational Exchange Programmes, Yoga, Ayurvedic and ancient Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage, Medicinal Plants, Other Wellness and Educational Academies, Hawaiian and Goan products and Handicrafts, Skill Development and Agriculture and Fisheries.
“The U S-India partnership is an important one, and the Hawaii-Goa relationship will help strengthen this bond. We welcome people from Goa to invest in Hawaii’s economy, and share their traditional and cultural values with us,” said Governor David Y Ige.
Pilarnekar, “This historic Agreement between the two states where people practice Aloha spirit, live in diversity, welcome tourists from all over the world and promote love, peace and harmony will carry forward this Sister-state relationship to great heights and most significant love to humanity and all creatures.”
U S Representative and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said, “I shared my vision with the Goa representatives to establish a sister-state relationship between Goa and Hawaii. I am overjoyed that this relationship is coming to fruition for both Hawaii and Goa, the exemplary places of peace and tranquility.”
Dr Raj Kumar, President of Indian-America Friendship Council (Hawaii chapter) and Gandhi International Institute for Peace, State Sen. Brian Taniguchi and State Rep. Ken Ito were also instrumental in passing legislation for this relationship.
Dr Kumar stated, “This historic agreement represents a mutual commitment to begin a fruitful relationship that will promote the economic, educational and cultural development of two great states. This affiliation will unite the people of Goa and Hawaii.”
“Our new sister-state relationship allows Hawaii to advance business, academic and cultural areas, and engage with the world to increase economic opportunities for Hawaii,” DBEDT Director Luis P Salaveria said.