The Delegation of the Chinese city of Tianjin paid a visit to Sarajevo – sister city relations to be strengthened to mutual benefit

 

City of Sarajevo officials headed by the Mayor Abdulah Skaka welcomed the high level delegation of the City of Tianjin, our sister city in China headed by Zhao Haishan, Deputy Mayor. The reception was also attended by the Ambassador of PR China Chen Bo.

For more than 30 years the City of Sarajevo has nurtured sister city relations with this Chinese city.

Among other things, Mayor Skaka emphasized very good cooperation that the City of Sarajevo has with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sarajevo.

-Our countries, peoples and cities have a friendly relationship, and for the past few years cooperation has been established in different fields, especially in the field of science, education and development of modern technologies. We are convinced that this communication and cooperation can be more concrete and brought to an even higher level to our mutual benefit.

He stressed that the focus of future cooperation will be in the field of tourism, culture and education. Furthermore, they discussed the need of better transport connections and establishment of direct plane flights, and visa liberalization.

The guests invited the City of Sarajevo to participate in a great international event, similar to the World economic Forum in Davos, which will be organized at the end of June this year in Tianjin.

What is more, Sarajevo was invited to participate at the International Tourism Fair in Tianjin to be held at the end of the year. The Chinese delegation was comprised of representatives of institutions of the city of Tianjin responsible for foreign affairs, trade and sport.

 

Mayor Abdulah Skaka met with the Ambassador of United Kingdom H.E. Edward Ferguson

The Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka met with the UK Ambassador H.E. Edward Ferguson today, and the main topic of discussion was the project „Connecting Cities of the United Kingdom and Western Balkans through Digital Technology“ (Digital Cities) funded by the UK government, and implemented by the British Council.

Namely, at the end of January an event will be held in London with the emphasis on connecting cities, cooperation and exchange of experiences in the field of digital technologies. This programme will connect 12 cities from across United Kingdom with 12 cities from Western Balkans. The Bosnian and Herzegovinian capital is among the 12 cities from the region nominated for this programme. Mayor Skaka informed the Ambassador about the preparatory activities of the city of Sarajevo, emphasizing that the Smart City Project is among the top 10 priorities, and that it had been adopted as such as part of the document „City of Sarajevo Policy“ for the period 2016-2020.

Ambassador Ferguson stressed that the Embassy of the United Kingdom has initiated the project, the goal of which is to support the development of the digital sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and that in this project the cities have a very important role in terms of connecting businesses, educational institutions and public administrations. Furthermore, one of the discussed topics was the need to establish a direct flight between London and Sarajevo with the goal of improving communication and business links, particularly to promote tourist potential.

In view of the determination of the city administration to specifically strengthen cooperation and partner relations with capital cities of Europe and the world, the two sides agreed to undertake specific activities with the goal of strengthening ties and cooperation in the forthcoming period between the capital cities of the United Kingdom and Bosnia and Herzegovina.