The US state of Hawaii will soon have a formal sister-state relationship with our very own beach paradise Goa. The decision was confirmed a few days ago by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who serves Hawaii’s 2nd District in the United States House of Representatives.
The two tropical states will enter into a legal agreement to promote mutual trade, tourism, foreign investment, sport, technology, filmmaking, and wellness sciences such as ayurveda, yoga and Hawaiian lomi. A contingent from each of these states will visit the other to explore further possibilities.
Usually, sister-state programmes focus on a number of local issues or a specific area of development—the collaboration may even result in the creation of fresh properties (new cultural festivals, student exchanges, humanitarian aid). For example, in 2015, Rajasthan signed a sister-state agreement with South Australia, centred on EXPORT promotion and sustainable water management.
Apparently, it’s the first time Goa will get this status. Hawaii, however, has a sister-state relationship with 13 others around the world, including Bali (Indonesia) and Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaër (Morocco).