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Office of the Secretary of State International Affairs Subcabinet for International Affairs Mission: Encourages open communication and collaboration among Maryland State agencies, international coalitions and the Governor’s Office. . Maryland Sister States Program

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Office of the Secretary of State

International Affairs

Subcabinet for International Affairs

Mission: Encourages open communication and collaboration among Maryland State agencies, international coalitions and the Governor’s Office.


Maryland Sister States

Program

  • Affiliated with Sister Cities International

  • Volunteer-based citizen diplomacy network

  • Promotes exchanges, fosters cultural awareness and maintains diplomatic connections


  • Anhui Province, China, 1980

  • Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, 1981

  • Nord-Pas de Calais, France, 1981

  • Walloon Region, Belgium, 1989

  • Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea,1991


  • City of St. Petersburg/

    Leningrad Oblast, Russia,

    1993

  • Lodz Region, Poland, 1993

  • State of Jalisco, Mexico,

    1993

  • State of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 1999

  • Bong and Maryland Counties, Liberia,

  • 2007


No financial support from the State

Funded through grants, fundraisers, corporate sponsorships, and in-kind contributions


More than 150 volunteers from institutions, businesses and

organizations

Membership is free

and bipartisan

Advisory Board of

Directors meets

quarterly

Operates under the auspices of the Annapolis Community Foundation*

* As our fiscal agent, ACF offers donors the benefits of a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization


Hosting International

Delegations

  • Medical/Nursing Exchange

  • Environmental Training

  • Programs for Local

    Government Officials

  • High School Student

    and Teacher Exchanges


Other Activities

  • Support for Establishment of Rural Libraries

  • Rule of Law Program

  • Sister States International

    Film Festival

  • Youth Sailing Races

  • Lacrosse Coaching


Some of Past Partners

  • World Trade Center Institute, Baltimore

  • Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development

  • Open World Program, Library of Congress

  • Sister Cities International

  • Rotary International

  • Governor’s Office on Community Initiatives


Get Involved!

Opportunities are only limited by your desired level of involvement.

  • Volunteer

  • Host a Delegation or Event

  • Sponsor an Exchange

  • Donate In-Kind Services


For more information contact

Ms. Mendy Nitsch, Director

International Affairs,

Office of the Secretary of State, The Jeffery Building

16 Francis Street

Annapolis, Maryland 21401

mnitsch@sos.state.md.us

410-260-3865

1-888-974-0013 (toll free)

http://www.sos.state.md.us/International/index.htm


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