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Ghazni Delegation Visit

  1. 1. Phase 2 of Slideshow by US State Dept. Bruce Green Program which Chairman, Utilized the Ghazni-Hayward Sister City Sister City CommitteeJune 5 - 11, 2011 Most of the delegation from Ghazni, Afghanistan, in front of the Hayward City Hall with City Councilman Bill Quirk (front, second from right) and Humira Ghilzai, (front far left) co-founder of the Ghazni-Hayward Sister City Committee.
  2. 2. Slideshow Contents: INTRODUCTION: Examples of Good Governance: Ÿ Cal State East Bay This was the highest Ÿ Local City Administration level delegation from Ÿ Union Sanitary District Afghanistan ever to Ÿ Ardenwood Historic Park come to this area of + Media Adventures & California where so Future Sister City Initiatives many of their Dr. Mo Qayoumi, president of Cal fellow Afghans nowState University East Bay leads a tour of the campus with Governor Musa reside. To prepare for Khan of Ghazni Provence. their visit I worked hard with otherMayor Michael Sweeney of Hayward members of the meets Mayor Basir of Ghazni City. committee to set up the schedule and meet the criteria of the State Department which was to expose them to models of good governance. The Mayor and Governor of Ghazni observe a peaceful demonstration on the steps of San Francisco City Hall–an unplanned example of good governance?
  3. 3. I noted the sense of awe from the Ghazni delegates during their tour of Cal State University East Bay (CSUEB) as they realized the size & sophistication of the campus that Dr. Qayoumi has been leading for the last 5 years. Visiting the CSUEB History Dept. Exhibit on #1 Afghanistan. (Left to Right: Dr. Mo Qayoumi, m ple Minister Pushtun said he Minister Pushtun (Special Advisor to the a has a new respect for Dr.Ex Qayoumi as a new breed President of Afghanistan), Governor Musa Khan, Stetson Sanders, State Dept. Officer of Afghan hero. assigned to Ghazni Provencal Reconstruction Team (PRT), and Omar Sultan, Deputy Now that Dr. Qayoumi is Director of Ministry of Culture in Afghanistan. taking the helm of an even larger institution, San SJSU already has an Jose State University exchange program with the (SJSU) he will have even University of Herat in Afghanistan. more influence as an If you are willing to help form a f Stuf Afghan-American. Sister City partnership between San Jose and Herat, please ge Ed contact me. g ttin Cu
  4. 4. Good Governance? # 2 Example Yes! City Administration We found examples of good governance in San Francisco and Hayward!Besides the tour of San FranciscoCity Hall & photo ops with Mayor Lee(top and bottom), the workshop withcontroller Harvey Rose was tops!ð Above, the delegation is honored at the Hayward City Council meeting. At left, they are in a workshop with Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney and Councilman Salinas.
  5. 5. Good Governance: Union Sanitary District Example # 3Districts are unique regional governing bodieswith an elected board that handle specific taskslike sewage treatment. The entire board of USDwelcomed the Ghazni delegation and shared arelevant slide presentation with a tour of thefacility. A good report is on their website (where I got these photos). Special Thanks toAndy Morrison (in hardhat), my friend and formerneighbor and one of the USD managers .
  6. 6. Example # 4 The tour of the Patterson Mansion was a highlight for the delegates because the preserved Victorian culture reminded them of home. “That’s still how we do it back in Afghanistan!” they exclaimed. Blacksmithing, spinning wheels, cooking with word-burning stoves, ironing clothes with an iron heated The Guest Room on the stove, etc. This visit was relevant because Ghazni is being honored in 2013 as a Center of Islamic Civilization and they The fanciest room was to honor guests, which want to showcase their resonated with the Afghan rich history. culture of hospitality.
  7. 7. The Ghazni journalists were included in the delegation for more than justcovering the story back in Afghanistan. They were also to be exposed to theirprofessional counterparts and inspired to better practices and higheraspirations in their profession. So I tried to find a way to enable thejournalists to have some special activities away Meeting with Channel 7 managing news editorfrom the shadow of the dignitaries. Thishappened primarily through a tour I arranged at A film crew was going to join us for the ferry tripChannel 7 News studio in San Francisco. to SF, but this story was preempted by the breaking news of Congressman Weiner’s(L to R) Director Sarwary, Ghazni Department of sextext scandal.Information; Mirwais Arya, producer for TOLONews TV, Aref Yaqobi, reporter for the BBCRadio Dari Service; Hussain Murtazawi, deputydirector for Hasht Sob Magazine The first time these land-locked Afghans had been on the ocean.
  8. 8. Future aSister City ActionOn October 29, I will share PowerPoint presentation about the Ghazni-Hayward exchange Sister Cities were launched in the early 50’s with the activeadventure at the NorCal Sister Cities Conference in Orinda, CA, and will join the NorCal board. support of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a victorious general Here are some opportunities: of WW2. The first sister cities u September 11, 2011:9-11 Curse into Blessing; Turning the Tenth Anniversary Memorial were established to help rebuild war-ravaged cities in Japan and Germany. Where do we go from here? At this interfaith event we will introduce initiatives to start two new sister city relationships. See flyer for details: 9-11 Memorial flyer v Celebrate Ghazni Afghanistan Yesterday and Today November 3, 2011: The Hayward Ghazni Sister City presents: Featuring Arif Yakobi and his amazing photography gallery and more. Check out the HGSCC facebook page for updates.Ribbon cutting ceremony in Afghanistan Why try to start new Sister Citywith Ambassador Karl Eikenberry (R) initiatives in Fremont and San Jose?and Governor Musa Khan opening the Fremont is the natural location for a Sister Cityphotography exhibit of Arif Yakobi (L), relationship with Kabul, the capitol of Afghanistan. Toone of the journalists & photographersthat participated in the Ghazni Afghans, Fremont is famous as “Little Kabul” becauseDelegation visit to California in June. of the large number of Afghans who live there.The Ghazni-Hayward Sister City San Jose is a good candidate for a new Sister CityCommittee plans to have him back in relationship with Herat, Afghanistan. San Jose StateNovember for a special exhibit of his University (SJSU) has an exchange program with theirphotography at their November 3rd School of Journalism and Herat University. And the newevent. Mark your calendar! president of SJSU is Dr. Mo -President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  9. 9. Rev. Bruce Green Executive Facilitator Board Member, Afghan CoalitionChairman, Ghazni-Hayward Sister City CommitteeCell: (510) 828-4561 Email: greenbbf@aol.comFor tax exempt donations to support Bridge Building make check out to "FCM Foundation" c/o Centerville Presbyterian Church 4360 Central Ave. Fremont, CA 94536 Special thanks to and the US Embassy in Kabul for the generous grant that (510) 745-1680 made this exchange possible.