Maryland, United States, currently has 13 sister states part of its “Sister State Program”:http://marylandsisterstates.org/sister-states. Peru could potentially be added to make that number 14.
Jalisco, Mexico; Cross River, Nigeria; and Harju, Estonia, among other regions have this special relationship with the state of Maryland.
The program defines itself as “the conduit for the formal Governor to Governor relationship between Maryland and its international Sister States. The Program is a vital and active network of Marylanders, which serves as a clearinghouse of information resources. The Program oversees an array of international exchanges, promoting a balance of business, educational and cultural interests.”
So what region of Peru is working to be part of this relationship program?
Piura, Peru, has been nominated as a candidate for the Maryland Sister State Program according to “Andina news agency”:http://www.andina.com.pe/ingles/noticia-peru%E2%80%99s-piura-region-nominated-as-candidate-for-maryland-sister-state-program-566031.aspx.
Regional Governor Reynaldo Hilbck expressed interest in the program and sent an letter to be part of the program and thus made the nomination official.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru said that the execution of this program would strengthen business ties, technology and education cooperation between Piura and Maryland.