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Our web-directory will assists you in finding Web sites that will link you directly to organizations, businesses, cultural events and tourist information for both cities and countries.
Our Newsletter and Calendar of events will keep you informed on the Association and it's membership. You can access maps, geography and industry information in both cities. In our website, you will find tastes of Mombasa, its rich history and culture and business opportunities.
Our goal is to open a new world of knowledge concerning the City of Mombasa and the City of Long Beach and opportunities available between Kenya and the U.S.
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2014 SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE
JULY 31- AUGUST 2, 2014
SAN JOSE, CA
LBMSCA sent three delegates to the SCI 2014 Annual Conference. The theme was "The Power of Digital Diplomacy." The Silicon Valley location offered a unique opportunity for participation and sponsorship by digital giants such as Intel, Plantronics, Cisco, Western Digital and Apple. Additionally, attendees were able to get "up close and personal" with U. S. government leaders like Thomas Perez, Secretary of Labor and Norman Mineta, former U. S. Secretary of Transportation; counsel generals, diplomats and government officials from Canada, Japan, Ireland, Australia, Venezuela, Portugal, Israel, Philippines, China, India, El Salvador, Korea, Chile and Mexico; and executives from established digital technology/virtual connection companies and organizations like Calvert Foundation, African Technology Foundation, APCO Worldwide, Soliya, iEarn USA and CaveDigital.
The Opening Ceremony on Friday morning was held just outside San Jose City Hall. The "Parade of Flags" represented cities and nations present and participating in the SCI 2014 Annual Conference. Our Long Beach City Flag was one of over 100 displayed.
Between the excellent and informative work sessions, we were superbly entertained by Dionne Warwick and a production of "Inspiring Our World: A Musical Journey" sponsored by MGM Grand. On closing night, the Lou Wozar Annual Awards Dinner reminded us that we should be more involved in submitting our projects and activities for consideration for SCI awards.
Sister Cities International Selects 17 U.S. Cities to Lead Infrastructure-Building Projects in Africa to address sanitation, health, and water issues in urban areas
WASHINGTON, DC — Sister Cities International announces today that 17 U.S. cities and their African counterparts were selected to develop projects to address sanitation, health, and water issues in urban areas of Africa. The new selection brings the total to 24 U.S.-African city pairs participating in the Africa Urban Poverty Alleviation Program (AUPAP), a three-year project funded by a $7.5 million grant from the "Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation."
"This Sister Cities International program represents a major effort to address the fundamental needs of citizens of urban areas in Africa," said Patrick Madden, President and CEO, Sister Cities International. "As we've seen during the first year, U.S. communities are eager to roll up their sleeves, identify areas of need, develop cooperative solutions and get to work. I'm very confident these 24 city projects will have an immediate impact on urban poverty and leave an enduring legacy."
The 17 cities were part of a competitive proposal process and selected by an independent panel of experts in the areas of city-to-city assistance, and international development. Each city pairing will have a budget of up to $115,000 to apply to their projects, in addition to travel funds. The recipients include:
Baltimore, Maryland, and Luxor, Egypt
Chicago, Illinois, and Casablanca, Morocco
Delray Beach, Florida, and Moshi, Tanzania
Durham, North Carolina, and Arusha, Tanzania
Jacksonville, Florida, and Port Elizabeth, South Africa Long Beach, California, and Mombasa, Kenya
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and Buffalo City, South Africa
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Muhlathuze, South Africa
Oakland, California, and Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana
Richmond, Virginia, and Segou, Mali
Riverside, California, and Obuasi, Ghana
Seattle, Washington, and Mombasa, Kenya
Sonoma, California, and Aswan, Egypt
St. Louis, Missouri, and St. Louis, Senegal
Toledo, Ohio, and Tanga, Tanzania
Urbana, Illinois, and Zomba, Malawi
Wilmington, Delaware, and Osogbo, Nigeria
AUPAP, administered in cooperation with the Africa Global Sister Cities Foundation, is designed to address urban poverty through water, health, and sanitation projects developed collaboratively by U.S. and African sister city programs. This includes involvement and support from the private sector, NGOs, community-based organizations, municipal governments and traditional leaders in Africa to provide sustained technical assistance and community development strategies.
Beyond improving the state of sanitation, health, and water infrastructures in urban areas of Africa, this project is aimed at accomplishing Sister Cities International's mission of promoting peace and prosperity through international people-to-people collaboration.