BANGALORE: The cities of San Francisco, U.S., and Bangalore entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday to promote and strengthen the bonds of friendship and mutual cooperation between the people of the two cities.
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa initiated the MoU signing process through video conferencing from his official residence Krishna on Monday. Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Administrator Dilip Rau and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom inked the deal on behalf of their respective cities.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Yeddyurappa recalled that Mr. Newsom had written a letter to the Karnataka Government in 2007 suggesting the idea of mutual cooperation and the State Government responded positively to his suggestion. The Chief Minister said both cities shared several things in common, including bio and information technology. While Bangalore had been the base for most of the fortune 500 companies, San Francisco, apart from becoming a prominent biotechnology and bio medical hub in the U.S., had increasingly become tied to that of Silicon Valley. Therefore the sister city relationship would provide for the two great cities to share best practices, information and human resources in all areas of municipal life, eventually benefiting citizens of the two cities, Mr. Yeddyurappa said. He said the Government would do its best to see the sisterly relationship between both the cities lead to a permanent bond.
BBMP said the areas of cooperation could extend to multi-media delivery of municipal services, public transport, water and waste management, promotion of economy and trade, sports and education, tourism, socio-cultural exchange and learning from the best practices. Application of modern technology in real life, research and development in biotechnology, healthcare, aviation, IT and ITES and the like could be the other possible areas of cooperation.
The MoU could lead to new business opportunities; collaboration and transfer of cutting-edge technology, good governance and broadening of skills and knowledge among other benefits. The MoU will be in force for three years and will be automatically extended for three more years subsequently.