IPSWICH has strengthened its ongoing relationship with Taiwan with the renewal of a 20-year-old region-to-region agreement.
More than 40 delegates from the country's Hsinchu district were invited to Ipswich to see firsthand why they should continue to invest in our city.
The delegation toured sites in Springfield and throughout the Ipswich CBD and - even with the language barrier - it was clear they were impressed.
At the end of the tour, a new Memorandum of Understanding was signed, which will result in the two cities working together for years to come.
Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said the "important" relationship would yield economic benefits to both sides.
"This agreement will enable us to play to our strengths and attract investment in the areas of tourism, food and agribusiness, biotechnology and building healthy communities" he said.
"Ipswich presents a full range of opportunities from jobs and industry development through to building sustainable master-planned communities with a diverse range of affordable housing."
The delegation was led by one of Taiwan's top county government officials Chiu Ching-Chun.
As part of the official signing ceremony, the delegation was treated to a performance by the Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers.
Cr Pisasale said the delegates were so impressed by the indigenous dancers that they expressed an interest in having them perform in Taiwan.
"The delegates fell in love with Ipswich," he said. "They enjoyed the beauty of our region and were blown away by the amount of green space we have."
The mayor said the two cities had been working together for 20 years and that Ipswich's relationship to Taiwan was "second to none".
"If we are to innovate and prosper then we need to keep our minds open to ideas from other cultures and countries," he said.
"This new MoU with Hsinchu County firmly demonstrates that commitment."
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