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International Links

Birmingham has a long history of international links. These links have, over time, produced practical benefits to the citizens and organisations of our city. Through meaningful collaboration across a wide spectrum of educational, business, citizen, voluntary, sporting and cultural interactions, valuable contributions have been made to what is now a vibrant outward-looking modern city.

As the "Global village" becomes ever smaller, where multi-national corporations undertake increased cross-border trading and communications, and enormous numbers of people travel further and faster, there is an obvious need to engage with other countries. We can learn a lot from engagement with the wider world. The exchange of information, best practice and business can do much to enhance our city and its Council.

As Birmingham becomes synonymous with a multi racial and multi cultural city, recognition has to be given to the heritage of its citizens with origins in Bangladesh, India, Jamaica and Pakistan.

In all its European and international work, Birmingham City Council strives to achieve practical outcomes where added value and positive benefits result. Consequently the City Council prioritises its activities and cities with which to work to maximise the benefits to Birmingham.

Crucial to Birmingham's international activities is its engagement with its partner cities of Chicago (USA), Frankfurt and Leipzig (Germany), Johannesburg (South Africa), Lyon (France) and Milan (Italy).

In November 2004 Birmingham signed a Treaty of Friendship with Guangzhou (China), formerly known as Canton, to further enhance its international role and to complement existing Partner City activities.

For further information about our international links email mike.murray@birmingham.gov.uk