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Gib and Sister City Raleigh discuss transport, tourism and innovation in virtual meeting

A virtual meeting between Gibraltar and Sister City Raleigh, North Carolina, saw discussions on pandemic-related legislative challenges and ransportation needs.

The Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport and the Port Vijay Daryanani expressed that he was optimistic that 2021 will see Gibraltar return to a bustling city center, full of pedestrians and cyclists, along with cruise ship visitors making their stop at the Port.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic the cruise ship traffic in the Port of Gibraltar averaged over 230 visits annually.

Mr Daryanani said he is positive Gibraltar will be able to adapt very quickly after the pandemic is over.

“I was delighted to be able to participate in a virtual meeting, organised by AmCham Gibraltar through its affiliate Sister Cities Gibraltar, with Council Member Jonathan Melton from Raleigh City Council,” the Minister for Tourism and Transport, Vijay Daryanani said.

“We exchanged views on tourism, transport and related matters and I look forward to future collaborations with the city of Raleigh, post Covid.”

Raleigh City Council member, Jonathan Melton also shared his hopes for 2021.

Mr Melton’s plans are to expand public transit frequency and service through a Bus Rapid Transit system, along with developing plans for regional light rail and commuter rail systems.

An $80 million affordable housing bond was presented by Council member Melton and team and recently approved by Raleigh voters.

Both officials were questioned regarding their positions and their paths to office.

Mr Daryanani explained he found himself always wanting to serve the community, joining the Liberal Party at 25 years-old and recently being elected to his current position in 2019. Council member Melton also expressed their desire to serve politically from a young age, relaying a “If not me, then who?” mentality pushing him to run for Raleigh City Council in 2019 and being elected as an At-Large Member to represent every city district.

The invitation was made for a Gibraltar delegation to visit the capital of North Carolina, along with continuing the stakeholder conversations and shared innovations for tourism, transportation, and innovation.

“Through their growing Sister Cities relationship, both Gibraltar and Raleigh are continuing to develop connections for the purposes of promoting peace, through respect, cooperation, and understanding,” the Government said.