WHEREAS, it is commonly recognized by the political leadership of the State of South Carolina, as well as by private and academic opinion-makers, that global cooperation is crucial to the social and economic vitality of South Carolina; and
WHEREAS, South Carolina has the second highest percentage of citizens working for internationally owned companies, and with a presence of over 500 foreign companies in the state employing an excess of 93,000 South Carolinians, the desire of state agencies, educational institutions, businesses and citizens to participate in international activities is increasing at an exponential rate; and
WHEREAS, many of South Carolina's universities and colleges are already involved in the internationalization of their academic community, including student and faculty exchanges; and
WHEREAS, many states are becoming increasingly aware of the opportunities and advantages for its businesses, citizens, and governments in establishing formal partnerships and a strong working dialogue with international partners, evidenced by the fact that many American states have offices for the conducting of international activities;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, I do hereby establish the South Carolina Commission on International Cooperation and Agreements ("Commission"). The objectives of the Commission shall be:
The Commission shall be initially composed of nine members consisting of the following:
The Commission members shall develop and adopt an organizational and administrative protocol to provide for an enduring structure in accordance with the objectives of this Order.
This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THIS 2nd DAY OF JULY, 2003
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