Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Houston, Karachi to become sister cities

Houston and Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, will officially become sister cities on March 3.

The city council approved the establishment of a sister city relationship last month, and the Hon. Syed Mustafa Kamal, Mayor of Karachi, will visit Houston to sign a sister cities agreement with Mayor Bill White on March 3.

Karachi is a seaport and the financial capital of Pakistan.

The Houston-Karachi Sister City Association becomes the 17th “citizen diplomacy” relationship for Houston under the umbrella of Sister Cities of Houston, a program that develops intercultural understanding and promotes international trade and commerce, economic development and tourism.

Houston has sister city relationships with Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; Baku, Azerbaijan; Chiba, Japan; Grampian Region (Aberdeen), Scotland; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Huelva, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; Leipzig, Germany; Luanda, Angola; Nice, France; Perth, Australia; Shenzhen, China; Stavanger, Norway; Tampico, Mexico; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tyumen, Russia.