On Friday, October 9, 2015 the City of Boston celebrated the signing of a new sister city agreement with Praia, Cabo Verde. Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Mayor Ulisses Correia e Silva have joined together in an agreement formalizing trade and collaboration between Boston and Praia, the capital of Cabo Verde. “Boston has a strong Cape Verdean community,” said Mayor Walsh, “and our partnership with Praia is a fitting testament to our city’s diversity.” With some 40,000 Cabo Verdean immigrants living in the Boston area, this relationship is a wonderful new opportunity for the exchange of culture and ideas between the two cities. Already, trade between the two cities is well established with a cargo ship departing between the two about once a month and with Boston contractors working on housing projects on the island. There is also hope to increase a tourism exchange between the two countries. Cabo Verde Airlines used to run out of Logan Airport but has recently moved to Providence. The two city leaders also hope to collaborate on crime prevention plans as both cities experience similar types of criminal activity.
Praia is the newest addition to Boston’s extensive list of sister cities, which includes Kyoto, Japan; Strasbourg, France; Barcelona, Spain; Hangzhou, China; Padua, Italy; Melbourne, Australia; Taipei, Taiwan; Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Read more about Boston’s sister-City Program here!