City partnerships: strong together

For Basel, strategic city partnerships are an integral part of external relations and promoting the area, as well as being important in developing an international network. All twinned cities build on the strengths of both partners. Basel focuses on activities that have a direct or indirect influence on the positive development of the area.

Twinning with Shanghai

The twinning with the Chinese economic hub of Shanghai has attracted numerous projects and exchange programmes in the areas of cutting-edge medicine, economy, education and research, sustainability, as well as culture and tourism since its launch on 19 November 2007.

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Twinning with Miami Beach

Basel has been working closely together with Miami Beach (USA) since 2002 because of the Art Basel Miami Beach fair. Basel and Miami Beach signed a partnership agreement on 28 November 2011, which focuses on the interests of both sides: Culture, tourism, economic development and education.

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Sister-State Agreement with Massachusetts

The partnership between the Canton of Basel-Stadt and the US Federal State of Massachusetts was already established on 20 June 2002, with the signing of a Sister-State Agreement. It focuses on research and science, business and culture.

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Toyama Prefecture

An agreement between the Toyama Prefecture and the Canton of Basel-Stadt has been in place since 26 October 2009. This agreement focuses on the transfer of knowledge in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological sectors and the exchange of know-how in the areas of culture and arts. The core component of this cooperation project is scientific collaboration between the University of Basel and its partner universities in Toyama. The agreement was renewed in August 2018.

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Twinning with Abidjan/Yopougon

The Canton of Basel-Stadt and Ivory Coast’s million-strong metropolis of Abidjan/Yopougon have signed a memorandum of understanding which lays the formal foundation stone for a twinning for the purpose of social commitment. The primary purpose is to make a contribution to the improvement of the living conditions and healthcare of the metropolis. At the present time, the twinning is seen as a pilot project limited to the period 2021 to 2024.

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The Advisory Council

The canton has been under the care and progressive hand of an Advisory Council ever since the beginning of 2009. The council consists of around 20 highly qualified individuals from the fields of commerce, science, education, associations, administration, culture and tourism whose sole aim is to further develop international partnerships.

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