Niš City Mayor Dragana Sotirovski and the Ambassador of the United States of America to Serbia, Anthony Godfrey, talked in the Niš City Hall about further cooperation and improvement of the partnership, agreeing that the two countries were very well connected by culture. The United States of America is a large and important donor to the City of Niš, and thanks to them, we have opened important projects in the city. One of these projects is the reconstruction of our Center Mara, said Niš City Mayor. What we plan to do together with American donors is the reconstruction of the Special Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases Gornja Toponica, the maternity hospital at the University Clinical Center, as well as the construction of a school for 800 students in the City Municipality Pantelej, the Mayor pointed out. At the meeting we talked about establishing direct connection between Niš and certain American cities, we mentioned Nishville and how that festival connected us, as well as what we could do to help that festival that promoted Niš all over the world, said Mayor Sotirovski. Ambassador Godfrey emphasized the importance of developing partnerships that would be further developed by the activities of the American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia, in which the Philip Morris Company had an important role, as well as by the Serbian-American Friendship Club.The meeting in the Niš City Hall was attended also by the president of the Serbian-American Friendship Club in Niš, Prof Dragan Milić.
Mayor Sotirovski and Ambassador Godfrey attended together the ceremonial opening of the Laboratory for Medical Genetics John Frothingham at University of Niš Faculty of Medicine. Mayor Sotirovski thanked the American ambassador for helping Niš Faculty of Medicine get the most modern equipment for medical genetics. Godfrey reminded that the laboratory was named after a man who had an important role in the history of diplomatic relations between Serbia and the United States, and who in November 1914 financed the sending of a hospital and 10 American doctors and their assistants for the treatment of Serbian soldiers. The laboratory was constructed by the Faculty of Medicine from its own funds and with the help of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, and the equipment worth $ 500,000 was donated by the US Embassy.