U.S. Sounds out Partnership with Gianyar Regency

The United States government is exploring cooperation with the Government of Gianyar Regency, Bali for the sister city development program.

“We want to have cooperation with Gianyar. There is one city in the U.S. that we have prepared for ` sister city cooperation,” said the U.S. Consulate General Joaquin Monserrate when met Gianyar Regent Anak Agung Gde Agung Bharata, on Friday.

During the meeting, he also expressed his desire to cooperate in the fields of education, health, agriculture, trade and poverty reduction programs.

Monserrate explained that in Indonesia there are about 100 thousand U.S. citizens and mostly stay in Bali Province.

He admired the Balinese culture that is well maintained through a variety of agriculture based activities. “It is also happening in the U.S. that there are some kinds of movement to maintain agriculture and improve the quality of farmers,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gianyar Regent, considered that the visit of the U.S. Consulate General could strengthen cooperation in several areas to be improved in the coming years.

“We positively welcome the plan for sister city development offered by the U.S. government,” he said.

On that occasion, the Regent expected to be met in an event with some of the U.S. citizens who live in Gianyar to get input on development in the region.

“The U.S. experience as an advanced country, particularly in agricultural development can be an input especially for agriculture,” he said.

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