Agreement Signed 12 April 1999

The Sister City agreement with Taipei, in Taiwan, was signed on April 12, 1999, and is the most recent Charter. The objectives of the Friendship Agreements are the mutual desire for international peace and goodwill; to encourage a wider understanding of other cultures; and to foster economic development, tourism and trade relations.

The city of Taipei is situated on the northern tip of Taiwan, an island off the southeastern coast of Mainland China, and is surrounded by mountains on all sides. It is a lively and thriving modern metropolis renowned for its beautiful
surroundings, excellent cuisine and friendly people, and attracts many tourists from around the world. The city has a population of approximately 3 million people, representing 14% of Taiwan’s total population, and covers an area of 27,177 hectares. As of 1997, the population density was 9,560 people per square kilometre, the second highest in the world.

Taiwan not only encompasses traditional Chinese culture and local customs, but has also been influenced by Japan, America, and Europe. While Mandarin is the official spoken language, Taiwanese, Hakka and other dialects are also spoken.

Taipei has a workforce of over 1,140,000 people, of which 77% are now employed in service-related industries including commerce, transportation, banking, insurance and other services. A further 22% of the workforce are employed in secondary industries including manufacturing, construction, water, electricity, gas and mining.

Over the past couple of decades, Taiwan’s Gross National Product has doubled 130 times, and in 1999 totalled $425,572 million. Its economic prosperity and large-scale urban development have created a vibrant and attractive city which has become the political, economic and cultural centre of Taiwan. Taipei blends both modern and traditional cultures The Astronomical
Museum in Taipei

Comparative Statistics
Perth (SD) Metropolitan
City of
City of Taipei
1.2 million
2.8 million
Population as a % of State Total
Area Size (
Population Density (persons/
City Employees (no. persons)

Recent Activities

April 1999: The Charter of Mutual Friendship between Perth and Taipei was signed on Monday 12 April 1999 at 1.45pm via satellite link. Signatories are His Excellency Mr Ying-jeou Ma, Mayor of Taipei Republic of China, Mr Bi-chu Wu, Speaker of the Taipei City Council Republic of China, Dr Peter Nattrass, The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of Perth, Mr Garry Hunt, Chief Executive Officer, City of Perth.

March 2000: City of Perth Councillor visits Taipei with representatives of Perth’s Taiwanese community.

August 2000: The Taipei Goodwill Youth Mission, led by Deputy Secretary General Ms Bao-Guey Liu, visits Perth.

July 2001: The City of Perth Lord Mayor and CEO visit Taipei to attend the 2001 Asia Pacific Cultural Cooperation Conference.

October 2001: The City of Perth hosted a Taiwan National Day community service awards function.

January 2002: The City of Perth presented Taipei a letter of intent to encourage further development of the Charter of Mutual Friendship with Perth.

March 2002: Mayor Ma visits Perth.

August 2002: Together with the Australia-Taiwan Business Council and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, the City of Perth jointly hosts the “Many Splendours of Taiwan” photographic exhibition at Council House.

September 2002: The City of Perth assisted with the 18th Joint Conference of the Australia Taiwan Business Council held in Perth.

August 2003: The Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group performs in Perth.

January 2005: Ta-Fong Elementary School Symphony Orchestra, Taipei, performs in Forrest Place, central Perth.

The Ta-Fong Elementary School Symphony Orchestra from Taipei visits the City of Perth for a welcome reception at Council House, Friday 28 January 2005

The Ta-Fong Elementary School Symphony Orchestra from Taipei visits the City of Perth for a welcome reception at Council House, Friday 28 January 2005

2 February 2006: Miss I-Ching Hung, guest artist from the Taipei Artist Village, begins a two month residency at Central TAFE as part of the inaugural 'Perth + Taipei Artist Exchange Program'.

10 February 2006: The National Taiwan Junior College of Performing Arts performs 'Amazing Formosa' at the University of Western Australia for the 2006 Lunar New Year Taiwanese Goodwill Mission Oceania Group Program.

19-20 November 2005: Perth International Arts Festival artistic director visited Taipei.

23 February 2006: Perth + Taipei Artist Exchange Program and Sensation Exhibition launched at Central TAFE Art Gallery.

2 May 2006: Applications close for the outgoing Perth + Taipei Artist Exchange to the Taipei Artist Village.

11 to 20 August 2006 : The Perth Wildcats basketball team participates in the Asia Professional Basketball Tournament to be held in Taiwan. The Wildcats join four of Asia’s top-ranked teams including the Chinese Taipei National Team, the LG Sakers of Korea, San Miguel Beermen of the Philippines and Niigata Albirex BB of Japan.

7 August 2006: Youthwing student exchange group visits.

Youthwing student exchange group visits


7 - 14 October 2006: Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Sutherland, visits Taipei City. The schedule includes appointments with Taipei City, the Australian Commerce & Industry Office, Austrade, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and the Taipei Artist Village.


20 May 2008 - The Lord Mayor Ms Lisa Scaffidi visited Taiwan as a guest of the Taiwanese government to attend the inauguration of the President of Taiwan.

12 July 2008 - Applications close for the "Taipei + Perth Artist Exchange Program 2009

13 August 2008 - The 34-person Taipei Phoenix Choir performs at the Perth Town Hall in front of a 400 strong audience.

21 August 2008 - Afternoon tea reception and cultural performances hosted by the Lord Mayor for 130 guests including a 55-person delegation from Changhua County and Nangua Elementary School, Taiwan, and local guests.

9 October 2008 - The successful applicants for the 2008/2009 Taipei + Perth Artist Exchange announced. Mr Rodney Glick and Ms Lynette Voevodin undertake a three month residency at the Taipei Artist Village.

18 February 2009 - Courtesy call hosted by the Lord Mayor for Mr Michael Mustillo, Canberra Cultural Forum, and Ms Yu Bing-Ching, Executive Director, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, regarding a proposed Australian tour by the Orchetra in 2010. .