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International relations

City of Gold Coast is creating strong international connections to maximise economic development and cultural opportunities.

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Sister city relationships and international partnerships

City of Gold Coast’s sister city relationships and international partnerships are a source of economic growth, provide cultural, educational and professional opportunities and boost our international profile. These relationships assist to open our door to the world and create real outcomes for Gold Coast residents and businesses.

Traditionally, sister city relationships focused on cultural and education exchanges. It is now recognised that these relationships also have the ability to stimulate economic growth, increase tourism and assist in establishing reliable business contacts which can create long-term benefits to the local community and partners abroad.

They also enable communities to exchange ideas, gain an international perspective and increase their understanding of global issues.

The City currently has eight sister cities and one friendship agreement, all of which have helped shape the Gold Coast as a city of global significance by fostering successful business and cultural ties. This is through initiatives that include two-way trade missions, hosting inbound delegations, and staff and student exchanges.

Beihai - Sister city

Beihai – Sister City

Beihai and the City of Gold Coast signed an official Sister City Agreement in September 1997 by Mayor Gary Baildon. Both are coastal, tourist cities and this has resulted in collaboration over the years in common areas of interest.


Dubai - Sister city

Dubai – Sister City

Dubai and the City of Gold Coast signed an official Sister City Agreement in March 2001 by Mayor Gary Baildon. Both cities share similarities in economic success, year-round sunshine and a cosmopolitan lifestyle.


Fort Lauderdale - Sister city

Fort Lauderdale – Sister City

Fort Lauderdale and the City of Gold Coast signed an official Sister City Agreement in October 1980 by Mayor Keith Hunt. Over the years both cities have yielded opportunities for knowledge sharing in the marine industry and waterways management.


Noumea - Sister city

Noumea – Sister City

Noumea and the City of Gold Coast signed an official sister City Agreement in May 1992 by Mayor Lex Bell. Both cities are similar in regards to having a young population, diversifying economy, stunning beaches, and a strong tourism focus.


Tainan - Sister city

Tainan – Sister City

Tainan and the City of Gold Coast signed an official Sister City Agreement in October 1982 by Mayor Keith Hunt. Tainan is a highly historical city with a high-tech economy and a progressive green energy sector, yet preserves its significant cultural heritage.


Taipei - Sister city

Taipei – Sister City

Taipei and the City of Gold Coast signed an official Sister City Agreement in October 1982 by Mayor Keith hunt. Both cities participate in annual active programs from educational opportunities to sporting exchanges.


Takasu - Sister city

Takasu – Sister City

Takasu and the City of Gold Coast signed an official Sister City Agreement in November 1995 by Mayor Ray Stevens. Both cities yield and maintain a number of meaningful and ongoing cultural and educational exchanges annually.


Zhuhai - Sister city

Zhuhai – Sister City

Zhuhai and the City of Gold Coast signed an official Sister City Agreement in November 2012 by Mayor Tom Tate. Zhuhai is one of only five Special Economic Zones in China which enjoy special economic policies and investment incentives.


Kanagawa - Sister city

Kanagawa Prefecture – Friendship Agreement

Kanagawa Prefecture and the City of Gold Coast signed an official Friendship Agreement in August 1990 by Mayor Lex Bell. The agreement was initiated due to a similarity between the beaches and a significant interest in beach culture.

Wuhan – Friendship city

Wuhan

Wuhun and the City of Gold Coast signed an official Letter of Intent for a Friendly City Relationship in October 2015 by Mayor Tom Tate. Wuhan is known for its natural wonders and ancient Chinese history.


Chengdu – Friendship city

Chengdu

Chengdu and the City of Gold Coast signed an official Memorandum of Understanding in September 2016 by Mayor Tom Tate. Chengdu is considered a prosperous Chinese city and one of the most important economic, transportation and communication centres in West China.


Sanya - Friendship city

Sanya

Sanya and the City of Gold Coast signed an official Letter of Intent for a Friendly City Relationship in September 2016. Sanya is located on Hainan Island and is known as 'China's Hawaii' with sunshine all year round.


Jining - Frindship and cooperation

Jining

Jining and the City of Gold Coast signed an official agreement of Friendship & Cooperation in October 2014 by Mayor Tom Tate. Jining is in the southern part of the Shandong Province and is the birthplace of Chinese culture, including Confucius and Mencius.

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