Nov 10, 2017 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam to Re-Focus International Partnerships

by Robbin Whachell |

COQUITLAM, BC, November 10, 2017 – The City of Coquitlam will be moving from seven international city partnerships to two, in order to more effectively and strategically focus these relationships.

Many communities establish formalized international government-to-government partnerships such as Sister and Friendship cities in order to foster collaboration and sharing between the cities.

However, over time the relationships can become inactive as the partnership projects conclude or international business priorities change, and thus these partnerships require periodic re-evaluation.

The City has decided to conclude its relationships with Laizhou, China; Ormoc, Philippines; Quezon, Philippines; San Juan, Philippines; and Tochigi, Japan as these partnerships were dormant. The City will be maintaining its Sister/Friendship City relationships with Paju, South Korea and Foshan, China.

The Economic Development Division is responsible for managing the City’s Sister/Friendship City relationships. Given the economic growth and cultural make-up of Coquitlam, the Economic Development Division receives inquiries from communities around the world interested in seeking government-to-government agreements.

The community benefits from the positive economic and educational impact of international relationships. The partnering cities gain the opportunity to share knowledge and information on best practices in municipal governance, cultural exchange and the potential of economic contributions such as trade development, foreign direct investment and international education.

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Media contact:
David Munro
Manager of Economic Development, City of Coquitlam