Sister City Program

What is Sister City?

Sister city is a form of legal or social agreement between towns, counties, oblasts, prefectures, provinces, regions, states, and even countries in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties.

The modern concept of sister city, conceived after the Second World War in 1947, was intended to foster friendship and understanding between different cultures and between former foes as an act of peace and reconciliation, and to encourage trade and tourism. 

Monroe city and Hofu city (Yamaguchi, Japan) formed the Sister City relationships in 1993 and started the "Exchange Student" program.  MIFA organizes the program and coordinates activities with Monroe city.