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International Engagement

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.

Our Zone

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 a region with Perth
  • Nanjing Education Delegation, June 2023

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 2022

    West Tech Fest x Asialink Business: Pre-Seed to Series Funding, December 2022

    The 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 2022

    Welcome Reception for Minami Academy Students, November 2022

    Mr 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 2022

    Greek Presidential Guard Flag Raising and Welcome Reception, November 2022

    The 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 2022

    Perth-Chengdu Virtual Mayor’s Meeting, November 2022

    2022 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 2022

    Perth-Chengdu 10th Anniversary Lighting Ceremony and Reception, September 2022

    For 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 2022

    B20 Delegation Business Lunch and Forum, August 2022

    The 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.