Belfast And Boston Become 'Sister Cities'

Belfast has today signed a 'Sister Cities' agreement with Boston in the US to increase links between the two cities, it has been announced.

The agreement was signed earlier today in Boston by Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and his Boston counterpart Mayor Martin J Walsh.

"The agreement is designed to foster stronger economic development, trade and investment, tourism, youth, cultural, faith based exchange and educational linkages between the two cities, and to increase awareness of both cities as being growth cities in the connected health and life sciences, creative industries, tourism, financial services and the knowledge economy sectors," a statement from Belfast City Council said.

The new link is designed to benefit the citizens of each city by:

• promoting both cities to their respective business and academia sectors as locations for trade and investment;

• facilitating trade missions and business-to-business dialogue between the two cities;

• exploring and encouraging cooperation and exchange between local development agencies, Chambers of Commerce and tourism bodies;

• helping facilitate faith-based exchanges between faith leaders in both cities;

• encouraging 'study abroad' programmes, and relevant research opportunities, between the cities’ respective colleges and universities;

• promoting mutual leisure and business tourism opportunities;

• encouraging cultural exchanges; and

• exploring joint policy development and sharing of best practice in the fields of urban development, regeneration and city financial models.

Belfast has two other Sister Cities – Nashville in the United States and Hefei in eastern China. The Agreements with these cities were signed in 1994 and 2005 respectively.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

19 February 2004
Channel 4 development deal for Belfast TV company
Belfast-based DoubleBand Films is to benefit from a £260,000 company development deal, funded by Channel 4 and the NIFTC Company Development Fund, a joint venture between Invest Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Film & Television Commission (NIFTC).
19 November 2013
Belfast In Top 10 UK Cities
Belfast has been named among the top 10 UK cities for growth and economic success. A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers has shown regional cities like Belfast are outshining the UK's largest, in terms of both economic success and the factors that citizens hold dear to them.
14 May 2009
Local BT Workers Escape Cuts
It has been revealed that excellent profits for BT's operation locally will mean no major job cuts for NI staff. The telecom giant as a whole announced losses of £134m and said it planned to cut 15,000 jobs. However, for the 2,600 BT employees in Northern Ireland, the company has better news.
07 November 2003
Belfast hosts Cultural Cities Network meeting
Belfast City Council is hosting a meeting of the Cultural Cities Network this week which will focus on cultural development in major cities across the United Kingdom.
12 June 2003
Minister opens European ‘edge cities’ conference
NIO Minister, Angela Smith has welcomed delegates from across Europe to the opening of a new economic conference in Bangor, County Down, today.