Sister Cities

Sister Cities International

Sister City programs inherently involve a unique partnership that involves all three sectors of a community: the local government, business, and private voluntary sectors (service/ non-profit organizations or citizen volunteers).

Sister City programs, perhaps more than any other international program, involve the widest possible diversity of projects. Sister City projects can involve any topic of mutual interest, such as:

  • Arts
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Municipal Administration
  • Public Safety

Winston Salem's Five Sister Cities

Winston-Salem has five formal Sister Cities partnerships:

  • Buchanan, Liberia
  • Kumasi, Ghana
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Shanghai - Yang Pu District, China
  • Ungheni, Moldova

These cities are under the auspices of Sister Cities International, an independent, non-profit association dedicated to creating and strengthening partnerships between U.S. and international communities in order to increase global cooperation, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.


Winston-Salem is uniquely gifted to offer the perfect combination of Southern Hospitality, Artistic Creativity, and Economic Vitality.

Business Opportunities

For information on doing business in our City, please see the Business page on this website.

Sister Cities Board

Activities are coordinated by a Sister Cities Board of 21 members. The Board meets the first Wednesday of every month. Staff support for the Board is provided by the City of Winston-Salem Development Office, Steven Harrison who can be reached at 336-747-7474.


View photos involving members of the sister cities in the Photo Gallery.