Belfast and Boston become sister cities

Belfast has signed a Sister Cities agreement with Boston
Belfast has signed a Sister Cities agreement with Boston

The Lord Mayor of Belfast yesterday signed a ‘sister cities’ agreement with Boston.

The agreement was signed by Belfast Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir and Mayor Martin J Walsh at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

It was designed to foster stronger economic development, trade and investment, tourism, youth, cultural, faith based exchange and educational linkages between the two cities, Belfast City Council said in a statement.

It was also intended 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”.

Both mayors have now committed both cities to identify activities that can generate new joint initiatives and to promote both cities to their respective business and academia sectors as locations for trade and investment, facilitating trade missions and business-to-business dialogue.

Belfast has two other sister cities – Nashville in the US and Hefei in eastern China.

The agreements with these cities were signed in 1994 and 2005 respectively.