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Guildford hopes to 'twin' with two new international cities

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Guildford hopes to 'twin' with two new international cities

Published at 6:00am 21st September 2017.

Guildford could be about to 'twin' with yet more cities.

The town is already linked with Freiburg in Germany, after forming a partnership in 1979.

On top of strengthening this relationship, Guildford Borough Council also has plans to reach out to other destinations - and not just in Europe.

It has already signed an expression of intent to develop a partnership with Chinese city Dongying.

In October, representatives from the Council and the University of Surrey will visit the city to sign a formal partnership agreement. 

On top of this, there are also plans to twin with the French city of Versailles. The Council says it is currently in discussions about a partnership.

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.

"We will explore and promote economic, and trade ties and cooperation in aspects of science and technology and other relevant fields." 

 

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