am Sandy Carmany, a member of the Greensboro City Council.I bring official greetings
from our mayor and other members of our council to our honored guests and welcome
you to North Carolina on their behalf. My involvement with Moldova
began when Greensboro became a Sister City with the Buiucani sector of Chisinau.I
represented our city at the official signing ceremony in Chisinau in June 2000 and
now serve as the council’s liaison with Moldova. Another North Carolina
city, Winston-Salem, formed a sister city relationship with Ungheni at that same
is an international organization that pairs two cities from different countries
as partners or “sisters.”The purpose of this official partnership is --
To promote friendly and meaningful exchanges
of people, ideas, and resources between the sister cites, and
To open new dialogues between our cultures
to find unique solutions to improve the quality of life.
in Greensboro and Winston-Salem have been involved in numerous activities with our
Moldovan counterparts through Sister Cities and other organizations.
Those activities include:
Hosting many visitors from Moldova, such
Members of the Moldovan Parliament at various times
Pretor Valeriu Nemerenco of Buiucani and Pretor Vrabie of Ungheni and members of
their city delegations in September 2000 to finalize the signing of Sister City
documents.They met with many experts in our cities on issues such as planning, finances,
governmental operations, and economic development.
Other visiting officials from Gagauzia who received a full week of instruction in
city government functions and services, including a full day of training with our
fire department.Others Moldovans have trained with our firefighters as well.
Various businessmen and women from Moldova who have worked and learned in businesses
in our cities and lived with local families while here. These visitors
included a banker, an agricultural marketing expert, and doctors learning about
our health insurance system and medical technology.Many of us have formed lasting
friendships with these people.
Traveling to Moldova to meet with counterparts
I was pleased to travel to Moldova again this past September along with another
member of our city council to participate in the Bilateral Committee meeting and
meet with city officials in Buiucani again. A highlight of the trip
was helping to dedicate a new orphanage in Buiucani.We have received official videotapes
of Chisinau’s “City Day” which we hope to broadcast on our local TV stations to
educate our citizens about Moldova and its people.
Officials from Winston-Salem have also visited Moldova on several occasions and
have participated in trade missions both to and from Moldova to establish new business
relationships.Ruben Gonzales, director of Winston-Salem Sister Cities, is present
Faculty members from some of your universities have studied at the University of
North Carolina in Greensboro, and more exchanges are planned for the future.
There is a partnership between Ungheni Lyceum and Parkland High School in Winston-Salem
to develop a book of folk tales from North Carolina and Moldova.
Greensboro and Winston-Salem Sister Cities committees sponsored a visit by Patmos
Quartet and their statewide performance tour in April-May, 2002.
Julie Glandt and Melanie Golter, two sisters from the Greensboro-area, have exhibited
pottery, art, and carpets from Moldova for the last two years at the International
Home Furnishings Market in nearby High Point and have been successful in promoting
these Moldovan creations and creating a market for them. They arranged the visit
of Moldovan artist Ion Carchelon this past November who exhibited paintings at Marshall
Gallery in Greensboro and sold numerous pieces of his work.It is hoped that he will
be able to visit and exhibit his art here again next year.
Greensboro Sister Cities, Greensboro Rotary clubs, members of our medical and religious
communities, and many interested individuals continue to provide expertise, support
and funding for a variety of programs to assist the people of Moldova.For example,
Greensboro Sister Cities and Greensboro Rotary clubs are currently collecting donations
for Wheelchairs for Peace with the intent of raising enough money to send a full
container of new wheelchairs to Moldova.
As you have heard, many friendships and relationships have been formed between businesses
and citizens of Moldova and North Carolina through the Sister Cities program and
other civic and religious organizations.We hope these connections will continue
to grow and prosper as the ties between North Carolina and Moldova strengthen.There
will always be an open heart and open doors for our friends from Moldova.