Friends of Richmond Sister Cities
The Richmond City Council Sister Cities Commission, formed in 1980, works to plan and manage the Sister Cities program on behalf of Richmond City Council and the residents of Richmond. The Commission operates under guidelines provided by Richmond City Council and by requirements of Sister Cities International, located in Washington, D.C.
Richmond has five Sister Cities around the world: Richmond-upon Thames England, Ségou Mali, Windhoek Namibia, Zhengzhou China and Saitama City Japan.
The Richmond City Council Sister Cities Commission shares the Sister Cities International mission to create relationships based on cultural, educational, informational, and trade exchanges. Sister Cities relationships also create lifelong friendships that provide prosperity and peace through person-to-person “”citizen diplomacy.”
2016 saw increased development of the Richmond House in Segou – A dedicated sister city project initiated by Segou and VFOM in 2009, this community center and hostel for girls is being constructed to strengthen the educational opportunities for girls and create equity in the development of boys and girls to become 21st century “New Segoviens” through sports, arts, business language, IT and mentorship programs.
Other activities included the Young Artists and Authors Showcase. Each year the Showcase encourages youth from around the globe ti express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, film, and photography. For the first time last year submissions were accepted via Instagram.
The Richmond – Saitama Japan relationship also thrived through teacher exchanges and baseball exchanges, read more.
Finally, this past year an 11–member delegation from our Sister City of Zhengzhou arrived in Richmond in May 2016. The Commissioner of the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the City of Richmond’s Economic Development Office, had invited the Zhengzhou officials and business representatives to attend ProcureCon-Asia, Global Business Expo and Industry Trade Show held annually in Richmond.