8 November 2019 → Shanghai became the fourth Chinese twin city of Minsk
Shanghai has become a twin city of Minsk. The corresponding agreement was concluded on November 8 during the Days of Minsk in Shanghai, the "Minsk-Novosti" Agency correspondent reports.
The document was signed by the Deputy Chairman of the People’s Government of Shanghai Xu Kunlin and the Deputy Chairman of the Minsk city Executive Committee Alexander Krepak.
"A year ago, the cities concluded an agreement of intent to establish friendly relations. Now we have come to the most important stage: the conclusion of a twinning agreement. This will not only simplify business and economic relations, but also increase the tourist flow between the two cities," A. Krepak noted.
The parties agreed by joint efforts to promote friendly contacts and trade and economic relations, actively exchange and collaborate in the fields of science and technology, culture, urban planning, environmental protection, tourism, education, sports, healthcare and other areas, exchange specialists, the document says.
Today, Shanghai is one of the four cities of central subordination of China, an important financial and cultural center of the country, as well as the world's largest seaport. It was founded in the year of 751. The population is over 23 million people. Its area equals to 6.34 thousand squarekilometres.
By the way, Shanghai is not the first Chinese city with which Minsk will conclude a twinning agreement. Similar document were previously signed with Changchun, Beijing and Shenzhen.
Among the twin cities of Minsk: Abu Dhabi (UAE), Ankara and Gaziantep (Turkey), Bangalore (India), Bonn (Germany), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Havana (Cuba), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Islamabad (Pakistan), Chisinau (Moldova), Lyon (France), Lodz (Poland), Nottingham (Great Britain), Tbilisi (Georgia), Tehran (Iran), Sendai (Japan), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). Minsk has the most twin cities among Russian cities - Kaluga, Murmansk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Ulyanovsk and Ufa.
Recall, the Days of Minsk in Shanghai are held from November 7 to 9. During the visit, the official Belarusian delegation visited high-tech Shanghai enterprises, educational and medical institutions, as well as centers for social services and rehabilitation of people with disabilities.
On November 8, the Minsk-Shanghai Business Cooperation Forum will open, where opportunities for developing relations between the two cities will be discussed. The Belarusian delegation has visited the National Pavilion of the Republic of Belarus at the II China International Exhibition "Import EXPO". A number of leading enterprises of Minsk have presented their products there.
Photos provided by the Press service of the Minsk City Executive Committee
News provided by Agency "Minsk-Novosti"
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