Winston-Salem has re-established a Sister City relationship with Bucaramanga, Colombia, making it Winston-Salem’s fifth Sister City.
The relationship was initiated at the suggestion of Mauricio Cote, a member of the Sister Cities Winston-Salem board who is a native of Bucaramanga.
In a letter to Mayor Fernando Mendoza of Bucaramanga, Mayor Allen Joines noted that the two cities share similarities that present opportunities for cultural, educational, technological and economic exchanges. “Because of our heavy emphasis on preparing our people for work in emerging technologies, we are especially interested in exploring a partnership in the biotech industries,” Joines said.
Winston-Salem and Bucaramanga originally established a Sister City relationship in 1967. The partnership was put on hold in 1999 after a lack of activity between the two cities.
Located in northern Colombia, Bucaramanga has a population of 1,212,657 people in its metropolitan area. The city is home to 15 universities and has more than 160 parks, giving it the nickname “City of Parks.”
Winston-Salem is also sister cities with Ungheni, Moldova; Kumasi, Ghana; Nassau, Bahamas; and the Yang Pu district of Shanghai, China. All five Sister City partnerships are under the auspices of Sister Cities International, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and strengthening partnerships between U.S. and international communities.
For more information about Sister Cities Winston-Salem, call City Link at 727-8000 or visit the Sister Cities web pages.