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  • Seoul and San Francisco Sign MOU to Strengthen 40-Year-Long Sisterly Ties

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    Seoul and San Francisco have agreed to strengthen their 40-year-long sisterly ties by exchanging ideas and opinions about exemplary municipal policies concerning culture, tourism, urban planning and development with each other. The two cities will also dispatch officials to each other as part of an employee training program.

    On October 21, Mayor of Seoul Park Won Soon met his counterpart, Mayor of San Francisco Edwin M. Lee, in the Seoul Mayor’s office and the two signed an MOU for the promotion of mutual collaboration in substantial matters based on the sisterly ties made back in 1976.

    The areas in which the two cities will collaborate include the sharing of exemplary municipal policies concerning culture, tourism, urban planning and development, e-government and information technology, sustainability, and the sharing economy; participation in the international organizations and conferences hosted by each city; the promotion of collaboration between educational and cultural institutions in both cities; and the dispatch of officials to each other as part of an employee training program.

    On October 21, Mr. Edwin M. Lee gave a special lecture under the theme of Innovation is the past, present and future of San Francisco to an audience composed of Seoul Metropolitan Government officials and the heads of Seoul-invested institutions.

    Mr. Edwin M. Lee, who was born in the United States to Chinese immigrant parents, was sworn in as the first Asian-American mayor of San Francisco in 2012. He had previously worked as a human rights lawyer in the interest of minorities, including Asians and Hispanics, in the United States, and also served as a public official for more than twenty years. Along with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mr. Lee is regarded as the most innovative-minded figure in the public sector of the United States.