WASHINGTON, D.C. – D.C. added another sister to the family.
Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a Sister City Agreement with Mayor Ernesto Luis Muyshondt Garcia-Prieto while visiting the capital city of El Salvador.
The agreement establishes a cooperative relationship between D.C. and San Salvador to further the areas of economic development, youth development, public safety, sustainability, culture, education and government collaboration in both cities.
In addition to signing the historic agreement, Mayor Bowser traveled across El Salvador and met with a variety of local leaders, entrepreneurs, and Salvadorans from different walks of life. Mayor Bowser partnered with the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to support her on this historic mission.
“Salvadorans have played an important role in building the diverse, inclusive, and thriving Washington, DC that we live in today,” said Mayor Bowser. “With thousands upon thousands of Salvadorans living in the DC region who continue to make tremendous contributions not only to our local economy, but to the culture of our city, I am proud that San Salvador will be the first Sister City Agreement I am entering into as Mayor and will work hard to ensure we can build safer, stronger communities together.”
Officials say the agreement confirms the two cities will, in short:
- Share information on trade/investment opportunities and connect small and large companies with potential partners and customers.
- Share programs aimed at directing youth toward positive growth.
- Share information on best practices for energy conservation and pollution reduction.
- Promote the development of programs and share experiences in the areas of culture, education, art and the creative economy.
- Share information and observe education practices in each country.
- Agree that information about electronic governance; the hiring, training and evaluation of government workers, and other government practices will be exchanged.