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SOVIET PORT LEADERS TO SIGN SISTER PORT AGREEMENT WITH TACOMA

 SOVIET PORT LEADERS TO SIGN SISTER PORT AGREEMENT WITH TACOMA
 A Soviet delegation from the Port of Vladivostok will sign a landmark "sister port" agreement with the Port of Tacoma at a reception in Tacoma Nov. 14, the Port of Tacoma said today.
 More than 200 Tacoma civic and business leaders will be on hand for the 5:30 p.m. reception and signing ceremony at the Port of Tacoma Administrative Building, 1 Sitcum Plaza.
 The delegation from Vladivostok will be led by Mikhail Robkanov, chief of port from Vladivostok. He will be accompanied at the signing by seven other Soviet delegates, including top port managers, labor leaders and the editor of Vladivostok's leading newspaper.
 The delegation will be greeted by Port of Tacoma Commission President John McCarthy, Port of Tacoma Executive Director John Terpstra and other port officials.
 The pact establishing a sister port relationship between Vladivostok and Tacoma represents an historical opening of trade avenues between the Soviet Far East and the Pacific Northwest. Officials from both ports have been working toward such an agreement from several years.
 In November 1990, Secretary of State Ralph Munro led a Washington state delegation to Vladivostok. This became the first true step toward cementing the sister port relationship. The signing in Tacoma will complete the formal agreement process.
 The Tacoma community is establishing numerous other links with the people of Vladivostok as the sister port agreement takes shape. These cooperative efforts include an educational program in banking and finance, possible sponsorship of a Rotary Club in Vladivostok by the Tacoma Rotary Club, and informational ties between medical organizations in the respective cities.
 The Soviet delegation will visit Tacoma and the Puget Sound region Nov. 10-17. Their week-long schedule will include port tours and a visit at the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) Local 23 Hall in Tacoma. They will be hosted at several dinners and will take a shopping expedition to the Tacoma Mall. during the Nov. 14 reception. An interpreter will be on hand to help with the Russian translation.
 CONTACT: Rod Koon or Chris Phillips of the Port of Tacoma, 206-383-5841.
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