Friendship City activities are driven by the community with endorsement from the City through a Council representative. Official activities include preparing official letters of greeting and flag-raising ceremonies on dates of significance to the Friendship City.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Friendship established in 2006)
Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam is situated on the banks of the Saigon River, 60 km from the South China Sea and 1,760 km south of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
The metropolitan area, which consists of Ho Chi Minh City, Thu Dau Mot and surrounding towns, has more than 9 million people, making it the largest metropolitan area in Vietnam and Indochina.
Ho Chi Minh City is the most important economic centre in Vietnam. In 2007, the city's Gross Domestic Product was estimated at $14.3 billion, or about $2,180 per capita and accounting for 20 per cent of Vietnam's GDP.
The economy of Ho Chi Minh City covers different fields, from mining, seafood processing, agriculture, construction to tourism, finance, industry, trading. Approximately 300,000 businesses, including many large enterprises, are involved in high-tech, electronics, light industries, construction, building materials and agro-products.
Kyiv, Ukraine (Friendship established in 1992)
Kyiv is Ukraine's capital and largest city with a population of nearly 3 million.
It is a major industrial centre that includes companies specializing in electronics, engineering, aviation, textiles, food processing, building materials, gas, oil and chemical production.
The cultural life of the Ukrainian capital is extremely rich and diverse and represents a wide range of experimental and traditional styles. The art collections, world-famous historical landmarks and architecture of this city are recognized as world treasures. There are over 100 museums, 33 theatres and theatre-studios, 53 cultural buildings and 140 libraries.
The city also has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kyiv Metro.
Quito, Ecuador (Friendship established in 2006)
Quito officially San Francisco de Quito, is the capital city of Ecuador. Quito's population, at 2.1 million makes it the second most populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil.
It is also the seat of the Quito Metropolitan District and the capital of the Pichincha province. As the headquarters of the newly formed Union of South American Nations, Quito is also the capital of South American integration.
The city's elevation is, on average, 2,850 m (about 9,350 ft), making Quito the second highest capital city in the world.
Quito has also become a centre for international business. As a major industrial centre, Quito produces textiles, leather goods, pharmaceuticals, light consumer goods, and objects made of wood, gold, and silver. Ecuador's two main petroleum pipelines run through the city.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Friendship established in 2015)
Rio de Janeiro is the second-largest city in Brazil and the sixth-largest city in the Americas, with a population of 6.4 million (2015). Its GDP is the second largest of any city in Brazil. The services sector comprises the largest portion of GDP (more than 65% according to a 2008 study by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), followed by commerce and industrial activities.
Rio de Janeiro is headquarters to several Brazilian oil, mining, and telecommunications companies, including two of the country's major corporations – Petrobras and Vale – and Latin America's largest telemedia conglomerate, Grupo Globo. Rio de Janeiro is also home to many universities and institutes, and is the second-largest centre of research and development in Brazil.
Sagamihara, Japan (Friendship established in 1991)
Sagamihara is located in the Kanagawa territory in north central Japan, bordering Tokyo. It is the third most populous city in the territory, after Yokohama and Kawasaki, and the fifth most populous suburb in Greater Tokyo. The city has a population of 705,141, and a total area of 328.84 km². It occupies the second largest area in the territory, after Yokohama.
The City of Sagamihara is one of the largest renowned industrialized cities in Japan, with a concentration of metallurgical, food processing and electrical appliances. Sagamihara's surrounding agricultural region produces rice, wheat, tobacco and livestock.
Warsaw, Poland (Friendship established in 1990)
Warsaw is the largest city and capital of Poland. The city has a population of 1.7 million and the metropolitan area has a population of approximately 2.6 million. Warsaw is the eighth largest city in the European Union.
Warsaw, especially its city centre, is home not only to many national institutions and government agencies, but also to many international companies. Warsaw produces more than 15% of Poland's national income and it is the financial centre of the eastern part of Europe. It has become the focal point of foreign investment and a driving force in the development of the entire country's economy.
Warsaw has a booming economy and offers an attractive business environment with a full range of modern business services and well-trained professionals familiar with western standards.