Gold Coast City has a long established international profile which began with the growth in international tourism in the 1960's. This has been reinforced by major local and international investment in the tourism industry. The steady arrival of overseas immigrants has also strengthened our city's international links.

The city has strong partnerships with its international networks across the globe and has many successful initiatives through these international connections.

GC Int'l Connections

Global Digital City Network
GDCN was established in 2000 by Kakamigahara City in Japan and Chuncheon City in Korea, and was initially founded in cooperation with nine other cities from Asia, Europe and Oceania. Since the initial assembly, GDCN has grown to 13 cities:

  • Chuncheon City (Korea)
  • Dalian City (PR China)
  • Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Dundee (United Kingdom)
  • Gold Coast City (Australia)
  • Inuyama City (Japan)
  • Jilin City (PR China)
  • Kakamigahara City (Japan)
  • Nizhny Novgorod (Russia)
  • Shenyang City (PR China)
  • Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Yanji City (PR China)
  • Westchester County (United States of America)

Sister Cities
The Sister City movement commenced internationally shortly after the end of the Second World War. President Eisenhower proposed a people-to-people citizen diplomacy network in the United States of America. His goal was to involve individuals and organised groups at all levels of society in citizen diplomacy, with the hope that personal relationships, fostered through sister city agreements and county and state affiliations, would lessen the chance of future world conflicts.

Because Sister Cities programs were initiated at the national level in many different countries during the same time period, approaches as to how the program would be structured and function varied. In Australia, the appeal of "international understanding and friendship" has been attractive to community minded local citizens since at least the 1930's. Today Australian cities have nearly 470 Sister City Agreements throughout the world and this number increases every year.

Gold Coast City has 12 Sister City relationships and one friendship agreement. These relationships are successful in fostering closer business and cultural ties. Some of the initiatives include two-way trade missions, hosting of many inbound delegations and staff and student exchanges.

Gold Coast City has Sister City Agreements with the following cities:

  • Beihai, China
  • Corfu, Greece
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Fort Lauderdale, United States of America
  • Horowhenua, New Zealand
  • Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Netanya, Israel
  • Noumea, New Caledonia
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Tainan, Taiwan
  • Takasu, Japan
  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Gold Coast City has Statements of Intent with the following cities:
  • Jiangmen, China
  • Maoming, China
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