The City of Perth is committed to being an active member of the international community and maintains a variety of international relationships, including with our Sister and Friendship Cities, bilateral business councils and chambers, and the Consular Corps.
With established government and business contacts in a variety of cities, the City of Perth seeks to facilitate and act as a gateway to international markets and provide trade, investment, and knowledge-sharing opportunities.
The City regularly hosts delegates from overseas governments, associations and businesses. An essential part of this activity is the establishment or strengthening of international relationships for the City and local stakeholders across a variety of sectors.
In fostering these international networks, these relationships raise the profile of Perth on a global scale, attract investment, and promote international trade and people-to-people links.
Perth’s location and proximity to key markets in Africa, the Middle East, the UK, Europe and Asia allows its exports, services and intellectual talent to reach these destinations efficiently.
- 11Sister and Friendship City relationships around the world
- 29countries have official government representation in Perth
- 32.2%ASX-listed companies have Perth headquarters
- 60%of the world’s population shares daylight with Perth
Our Sister Cities
The City of Perth has a number of formal international relationships that have been formed over the years – the first City’s first Sister City relationship was established with the City of Kagoshima in Japan in 1974.
Since then, the City has developed other Sister City and Charter of Mutual Friendship relationships, with Perth now having eleven Sister City relationships:
- Chengdu, China, established 2010
- Perth, Scotland, established 2006
- Seocho City, Republic of Korea, established 2008
- Taipei, Taiwan, established 1999
- Nanjing, China, established 1998
- Vasto, Italy, established 1989
- San Diego, California, established 1987
- Houston, Texas, established 1984
- Megisti, Greece, established 1984
- Rhodes, Greece, established 1984
- Kagoshima, Japan, established 1974
Sister City agreements encourage people-to-people interaction by providing citizens with the opportunity to participate in cultural, educational, trade and knowledge sharing exchange programs across cities.
More recently, our Sister City relationships have created opportunities to support economic growth across a variety of business and industry sectors. With established government and business contacts in a variety of cities, the Sister City program acts as a gateway to new markets providing trade, investment and knowledge-sharing opportunities.
Through our Sister City program, many City and Perth-based organisations have been able to develop international economic partnerships that in turn benefit the City, our ratepayers and the broader Perth and Western Australian community.
Nanjing Deputy Mayor Delegation, October 2023On Monday 9 October, the City hosted a delegation from Nanjing, one of the City of Perth’s Sister Cities, led by Deputy Mayor LI. The delegation included representatives from Nanjing’s Urban Development and Forestry and Parks Bureau, as well as the Foreign Affairs Office. The visit included a tour of Elizabeth Quay and Kings Park, and Roundtable Lunch at Council House with local stakeholders. The delegation’s visit provided an opportunity to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Sister City relationship and discuss areas of collaboration across the delegates represented sectors.
Boardroom Breakfast with UK Minister of State (Indo-Pacific), September 2023On Wednesday, 27 September, the City with the Australian British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), hosted a Boardroom Breakfast for the Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, UK Minister of State (Indo-Pacific). The visit highlighted the strong cultural and economic ties between Perth and the UK, particularly in the areas of natural resources, critical minerals, energy transition and strategic defense.
Visit from Nanjing Vocational College of Finance and Economics, August 2023On Tuesday, 29 August, the City hosted a delegation from the Nanjing Vocational College of Finance and Economics with the support of the West Australian Institute of Further Studies (WAIFS). The visit included a walking tour of Elizabeth Quay and surrounding areas and discussions on the Perth-Nanjing Sister City relationship (celebrating its 25th anniversary) and attracting international students to the city. The Nanjing delegation noted distinct similarities between the two cities, which included strong economies and picturesque landscapes, comparing Nanjing's location on the Yangtze River to Perth's location on the Swan River.
Australia India Address, August 2023On Wednesday 23 August, the City of Perth hosted an event in collaboration with the Australia India Business Council WA (AIBC): Australia India Address – Building WA-India Engagement. The Lord Mayor provided welcome remarks followed by the Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, the Consul General of India, and a panel session featuring representatives from Adarsh Australia, Perdaman Global Services, and Space Angel. The event coincided with the historic moon landing by India’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft, which was livestreamed, and Council House was lit up in the colours of the Indian flag to commemorate the monumental occasion.
Knowledge sharing with Sabah delegation on Smart Cities, August 2023On 15 August, the City hosted a delegation from Sabah, Malaysia and the Shire of Murray for presentations on Economic Development and Smart Cities. The City of Perth’s Smart Cities Program is nationally recognised and has attracted several international stakeholders for knowledge sharing opportunities. Malaysia is also a key market for Western Australia across a variety of sectors, including trade, tourism and international education.
Friendship Force of Japan Courtesy Call, August 2023On 10 August, the City of Perth hosted a Courtesy Call for the Friendship Force of Perth and the visiting international club from Japan. The Lord Mayor is the Club Patron of the Friendship Force of Perth, a non-profit, international cultural exchange program with over 360 clubs worldwide. The Friendship Force of Perth plays an important role in fostering people-to-people links and cross-cultural understandings as well as promoting Perth on a global stage.
Kagoshima Youth Wings, August 2023
On 1 August 2023, the City of Perth hosted a Welcome Reception at Council House for high school students from Kagoshima, Japan and their Mater Dei College hosts as part of the Kagoshima Youth Wings program.
During the Reception, the Lord Mayor remarked on the importance of educational and cultural exchanges in fostering cross-cultural understandings and people-to-people links. The highlight of the Reception was the Ohara-bushi, a traditional cultural performance, performed by the Kagoshima students.
Kagoshima is the City of Perth’s oldest Sister City relationship, having been formalised in 1974. Next year, the two cities will celebrate 50 years of friendship.
Gapyeong Country delegation, July 2023On Friday 28 July 2023, the Lord Mayor hosted a Courtesy Call for a Gapyeong County delegation led by the Gapyeong County Vice Mayor, Mr Byounggil Choi. The delegation also included Chairman and Co-Chair, Mr Bill Munro and Mr Jin Kil Lee of the Perth Korean War Memorial Committee, following the unveiling of the Perth Korean War Memorial at Kings Park.
Nanjing Education Delegation, June 2023
On Monday 26 – 27 June, the City of Perth was honoured to receive delegates from Nanjing, China, one of the City’s Sister Cities which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The 6 delegates included representatives from the Nanjing Municipal Education, Foreign Affairs Office, the Jianye and Jiangning District Education Bureau, and Jinling Middle School. The purpose of the visit was to engage with local education stakeholders in Perth on a variety of activities and programs that promote people-to-people links, cross-cultural understandings, visitation, and international student exchanges between Perth and Nanjing.
Knowledge exchange with Seocho-gu, May 2023
The City of Perth hosted five officers from Seocho-gu, South Korea, one of the City’s Friendship Cities. The officers attended a Courtesy Call with the Lord Mayor, which was then followed by a series of presentations on the City of Perth’s strategies and policies surrounding environmental sustainability, energy and water resilience, parks and gardens, and e-scooters.
Vietnamese National Startup Support Centre visits Perth, May 2023
The Economic Development Unit had the opportunity to meet with delegates from the National Startup Support Centre (NSSC) from Vietnam. The NSSC is an organisation under Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Innovation and seeks to support creative startups and development of the ecosystem. The City welcomed the delegates from Council House to learn more about the organisation and their interest in engaging the startup and innovation sector in Australia.
International Hydrogen Delegation visits Perth, April 2023
The City of Perth was able to showcase our state's industry-leading knowledge in the hydrogen energy space by hosting a Welcome Reception for the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association of Singapore (HFCAS) in collaboration with the WA-Singapore Business Council at Council House.
Indonesian delegation seeks Perth's lessons for new capital, Nusantara, April 2023
The City of Perth welcomed the Indonesian Ambassador, senior members of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), the Nusantara National Capital Authority, and the Consulate General of The Republic of Indonesia. The delegation drew upon elements of Perth’s evolution and current planning systems, which included knowledge sharing on the City’s urban and infrastructure planning and sustainability strategies.
Winning WECP Conference bid for November 2023
The City of Perth successfully won the bid to host the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November 2023. The conference will showcase Perth's leadership in energy transition and sustainability and connect local and international stakeholders across the sector.
West Tech Fest x Asialink Business: Pre-Seed to Series Funding, December 2022The City hosted an event in collaboration with Asialink Business and West Tech Fest: Pre Seed to Series Funding: Leveraging Opportunities in ASEAN. As part of West Tech Fest’s program, the event explored key growth areas in startups and innovation, pathways to seek funding, in-region experiences, and broader trends within ASEAN.
Welcome Reception for Minami Academy Students, November 2022Mr Toru Minami from the Minami Academy IBS Foreign Language School has been bringing students from Kagoshima, Japan to Perth for over 30 years. Whilst in Perth, the students study English at Perth International College of English and stay with local host families. As part of the program, the City hosted the students for a Welcome Reception at Council House.
Greek Presidential Guard Flag Raising and Welcome Reception, November 2022The City hosted an event in collaboration with the Consulate of Greece to commemorate the inaugural visit to Perth of a Greek Presidential Guard Unit on the occasion of Greece’s National ‘Oxi’ Day. The event featured a procession by the Greek Presidential Guard unit along St Georges Terrace followed by a Flag Raising Ceremony and Reception at Council House.
Perth-Chengdu Virtual Mayor’s Meeting, November 20222022 marked the 10th anniversary of our Sister City relationship with Chengdu, China. Recognising the occasion, the Lord Mayor, CEO, General Manager of PEDA and Consul-General of China virtually met with the Vice Mayor of Chengdu, Director of the Chengdu Foreign Affairs Office and Australian Consul General in Chengdu. During discussions, the City was presented a unique anniversary gift, a painted panda featuring iconic imagery from both cities. The decade has seen many initiatives take place, including the popular Picture Yourself in Perth Program and Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Music Festival.
Perth-Chengdu 10th Anniversary Lighting Ceremony and Reception, September 2022For the 10th anniversary of the City of Perth's Sister City relationship with Chengdu, China, the Council House and other notable assets throughout Perth were lit up to commemorate the milestone. The City also hosted a Reception for members of the Chengdu/China-Australia expat, business, government, cultural, and academic community, shining a light on the many achievements in the Perth-Chengdu relationship over the past decade.
B20 Delegation Business Lunch and Forum, August 2022The City hosted a business forum for Indonesian representatives in collaboration with the Consulate General of The Republic of Indonesia, Australia Indonesia Business Council, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA. The forum included leading businesses and institutions in the Western Australian-Indonesia relationship and discussions on upcoming the Business 20 (B20) Indonesia Summit.