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Colombian Dignitaries To Meet Mayor Iorio And Reaffirm Sister City Relationship
October 19, 2004 - A twenty-six member delegation of officials from Barranquilla, Colombia, led by Mayor Guillermo Hoenigsberg and members of his executive staff, will meet with Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2004, in a formal ceremony to reaffirm the Sister Cities partnership between the two cities. The event will take place in the Mascotte Room on the first floor of historic Old City Hall, located at 315 E. Kennedy Blvd.

In 1966, the City of Tampa and the City of Barranquilla, Colombia agreed to collaborate through the Sister Cities program for the mutual benefit of their citizens and communities by exploring educational, economic and cultural opportunities. Since that time, three different mayors from Columbia have visited Tampa, seeking to increase both cultural exchanges and business opportunities. Jaime de Baise, President of the Barranquilla Sister Cities Committee will accompany the group, joined by the Executive Director of the Colombian-American Chamber of Commerce, Victoria E. Ibanez and representatives from the Barranquilla port and airport authorities, the Chief of Police, representatives of the Colombian Customs Department and other business leaders.

The Sister Cities Program is administered by Sister Cities International and was initiated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 to encourage greater friendship and understanding between United States and other nations through direct and personal contact. The City of Tampa has formalized Sister Cities agreements with five other cities, including LeHavre, France, Oviedo, Spain, Vera Cruz/Boca del Rio, Mexico, Izmir, Turkey and Agrigento, Italy. Ashdod, Israel, has begun initial steps that will lead to a sixth affiliation in the future.

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