Long Beach has the world’s largest Cambodian population outside of Cambodia, but it wasn’t until last week that a sitting mayor visited the Southeast Asian country.
Mayor Robert Garcia joined a delegation from the Port of Long Beach to Cambodia, becoming the city’s first mayor to take on the journey as an elected official.
On his trip, Garcia renewed the 25-year sister city relationship between Long Beach and Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. Through the partnership, both cities agree to promote international goodwill, exchange ideas and improve trade relations.
The port’s delegation is also visiting Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on its nine-day trip. The group’s goal is to meet with customers and organizations to attract and retain more business from the region at the Port of Long Beach.
“Trade with Asia allows the Long Beach economy to thrive, and a personal exchange of ideas will bond our communities closer together,” Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said. “This trip will solidify the cultural and economic ties between Long Beach and our Asian partners for years to come.”