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Council aims to strengthen international relationships

Developing and enhancing relationships with other towns and cities to benefit the borough and surrounding areas - that's the Council's aim in a proposal to be considered by the Executive on 26 September.

Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Matt Furniss, said: "Boosting international links will benefit the whole borough for residents, businesses and visitors. We want to explore, promote and strengthen the economic, educational and tourism links that we have already, in addition to establishing new partnerships and creating potential investment and trade opportunities." 

In addition to strengthening the existing twinning agreement with Freiburg in Germany, the Council has already signed an expression of intent to develop a partnership agreement between Guildford and the city of Dongying in China. 

We are also in discussions with Versailles, on the outskirts of Paris, about a possible twinning agreement with them.

​Cllr Furniss added: "Since 1979 we have had an excellent long-standing international relationship as the result of our twinning agreement with Freiburg. We are now seeking to deepen that relationship and to develop new ones beginning with Dongying in China and Versailles in France. We will explore and promote economic, and trade ties and cooperation in aspects of science and technology and other relevant fields." 

A small delegation will visit Dongying in October to sign a formal partnership agreement. They will be joined by representatives from the University of Surrey. 

The agenda and reports for the meeting can be found on our Agenda for the Executive 26 September web page. 

Published on Monday 18 September.