Both the Ninh Thuan region and the State of Maryland, have come together as a sister state in order to promote greater understanding of one another’s regions. As a Sister State, both regions want to help raise cross-culture awareness and advance the friendship between one another. They both aim to creating long-term programs and focus on: arts, culture, education, economic development, and technology.
The Governor of Maryland and Chairman for the Vietnamese citizens, came together in order to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This document sets forth goals for each region to meet in the near future. Meetings have been set up in order to discuss the Sister State relationship between each region as well as having the Governor of Maryland visit Vietnam.
In 2011, Tony Hoang, Director of the Maryland Trade Office in Vietnam, tried to set up meetings with the Governor to discuss the Sister State relationship between Maryland and Ninh Thuan, Vietnam. The Governor visited Vietnam and had several high-profile meetings, including a meeting with the Prime Minister of Vietnam.