Guam – Government officials from Guam and Okayama, Japan, signed a friendship agreement today [Tuesday] in an effort to enhance cooperation and build an understanding between cultures in the two destinations.
A tree planting in front of the Governor’s Chambers followed by a signing ceremony at the Governor’s Conference Room was attended by Guam Gov. Felix P. Camacho, Okayama Mayor Shigeo Takaya, Okayama Council Chairman Hiroshi Miyatake, Okayama Council Member Ae Kitagawa, Director General Shinji Kataya of the Citizens Affairs Bureau, Director General Hiroshige Watanabe of the City Council Secretariat, Manager Mitsutoshi Yasuda of the International Affairs Division, Takashi Shinohara of the OHK Ohayama Broadcasting Company, members of the Okayama Chamber of Commerce.
According to the agreement, the new relationship will “enhance cooperation with each other in promoting further exchanges among citizens and businesses in tourism, education, culture, sports and economy.”
“Building a relationship with Okayama and other cities in Japan is a great way for our two cultures to get to know each other more, and to help each other in the visitor industry and other areas of our economy,” said GVB General Manager Gerald S.A. Perez. “This agreement is a gesture of goodwill that we know will be fostered and appreciated by both sides.”
To celebrate the agreement, a luncheon was hosted by Camacho at the Governor’s House following the ceremony.