Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 54

RESOLUTION CHAPTER 33 [Filed with Secretary of State July 5, 1996]

                                                                       Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 54--Relative to a sister-state relationship

WHEREAS, The sister city-state concept was inaugurated by the President of the United States in 1956 and this program has resulted in greater friendship and understanding between the people of the United States and other nations through direct contact; and

WHEREAS, We live in an interconnected world with a global economy, so that international friendship and cultural understanding are increasingly important; and

WHEREAS, California and the Province of Chung Chong Nam Do, Republic of Korea, have much in common, including geographic features, strong educational focus, diverse industry and economy, and a strong tourism industry; and

WHEREAS, Chung Chong Nam Do Province is located in the center of the Republic of Korea with western coastal lines; and

WHEREAS, There are 38 higher educational institutions, of which 3 are universities, reflecting the commitment to education of Chung Chong Nam Do Province; and

WHEREAS, The people of the region are educated at a high level, and are capable of adjusting to new skills and performing highly skilled work; and

WHEREAS, Chung Chong Nam Do Province's economy is based on agriculture, forestry, fishing, and manufacturing in machinery, chemicals, textiles, electronics, and computers; and

WHEREAS, The region's historical cultural relics, beaches, hot springs, and beautiful scenery provide rich resources for tourism; and

WHEREAS, A sister-state relationship with California would promote international trade, commerce, and tourism, increase the potential for commercial relationships, and foster cultural and educational exchanges; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature of the State of California, on behalf of the people of the State of California, extend to the people of the Chung Chong Nam Do Province, Republic of Korea, through the Governor of Chung Chong Nam Do Province, an invitation to join the State of California as a sister state; and be it further

Resolved, That the Legislature encourages the Trade and Commerce Agency and the Department and Food and Agriculture to assist in implementing programs and activities to promote mutual trade and commerce; and be it further

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the Governor, the Secretary of Trade and Commerce, the Secretary of Food and Agriculture, and the Governor of Chung Chong Nam Do Province, Republic of Korea. 

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