Brooklyn Park Approves Sister City Agreement with Banjul, The Gambia
The Brooklyn Park City Council has approved a sister-city relationship with Banjul, the capital city in The Gambia, at this week’s meeting. The relationship will be facilitated by the Gambian Association in Minnesota.
Several Brooklyn Park residents with Gambian heritage were in attendance for the vote.
The mayor of Banjul visited Brooklyn Park this summer.
Hennepin County Commissioner and former mayor Jeff Lunde says cultural connections like this are key in communicating important messages to diverse groups.
“When COVID came, those relationships that we spent the last decade building with different cultural and religious groups, they paid off. When it came time to get the vaccines out to people, people trust people that they know and they love and see often,” said Hennepin County Commissioner and former Mayor Jeff Lunde. “Today COVID is behind us and hopefully will never happen again, but this is that opportunity to start building a relationship.”
In 2019, Brooklyn Park established a process and criteria for sister city relationships. There is an inactive relationship with Maitland, Australia and the Garowe, Somalia relationship that the council approved in 2019 wasn’t finalized. The city does have an active relationship with Kakata, Liberia.