The 2014 US-China Sister Cities Conference will connect business leaders, government officials, and citizen diplomats from the U.S. and China. It will provide exciting opportunities for U.S. and Chinese cities to learn about strengthening exchanges and business engagement through informative sessions from industry leaders. Conference sessions and forums are designed for networking, learning, and sharing of best practices. The conference is Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – Friday, March 28, 2014
at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20004.
The Conference, highlighted in the 2013 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue outcomes on sub-national cooperation, will begin with a reception at the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in Washington, DC on March 26. On March 27, the Conference will feature sessions on planning effective exchanges, energy and sustainable development programs, a Mayors and CEO panel, among others. It will also include an exclusive screening of the documentary Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China courtesy the Africa Channel. On March 28, the Conference will feature a panel discussion at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on the Sino-African Initiative, a Sister Cities International program that addressed ways for U.S., Chinese, and African cities to collaborate on urban poverty and economic development issues in African cities.
Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan serving as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats of citizen diplomats from 500 U.S. communities with partnerships with over 2,000 cities in 140 countries around the globe.
Sister Cities International advances peace and prosperity through cultural, educational, humanitarian, and economic development exchanges. It serves as a hub for institutional knowledge and best practices in the field of citizen diplomacy.