International Network & Twin Cities

Kuala Lumpur via Kuala Lumpur City Hall (KLCH) has multiple partnerships with other international cities and networks. They are as follows: -


1) Metropolis

Metropolis is a global network of major cities and metropolitan areas. The platform connects, shares experiences on global issues, and becomes a focal point for sharing experiences and expertise on metropolitan governance. Topics revolve around global leadership, urban innovation, and gender mainstreaming. Activities are held through congresses and annual meetings as well as capacity building through observatories, Urban Sustainability Exchange (USE), city community managers, pilot projects, learning & training and, decentralized cooperation. Secretariat is based in Barcelona (Spain). For more information, please visit

2) CityNet

A network that conduct activities with urban stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region towards sustainable and resilient cities through 4 clusters namely Sustainable Development Goal, Disaster, Climate Change, Infrastructure with the support of UNESCAP, UNDP, and Un-Habitat. Members consists of local authorities, NGOs, companies, Asia Pacific Research centers. President and secretariat is based in Seoul, Korea. For more information, please visit


A network that expand cooperation between government agencies at the international level through Advocacy, Capacity Building, research and knowledge management, project development & management, decentralized Cooperation between Asia Pacific cities. President is Mayor of Surabaya and secretariat is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. For more information, please visit

4) C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)

Established in October 2005, C40 is a network of major world cities committed to tackling climate change. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable, and sustained action on climate change. President of C40 is Mayor of Los Angeles. Secretariat is based in New York, U.S.A and the regional office is in Singapore. For more information, please visit

5) Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM)

A pledge of mayors committed towards reduction of local greenhouse gases (GHG), increasing resilience to climate change. More than 10,539 cities (139 countries) have signed. C40 works with multiple partners amongst are Bloomberg, European Commission. Climate Alliance. Secretariat is based in Bruxelles, Belgium. For more information, please visit

6) Council Promotion of Tourism in Asia (CPTA)

A network that focus on tourism promotion campaign. There are 10 members (Bangkok, Thailand, Delhi, India, Hanoi, Vietnam, Jakarta, Indonesia, KL, Malaysia, Manila, Philippines, Seoul, Korea, Taipei, Taiwan, Tomsk, Russia, Tokyo, Japan). Secretariat is based in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, please visit

7) ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN)

ASCN is a platform amongst selected cities in ASEAN with the aim to develop a smart and sustainable city to improve quality of life with usage of technology. On national level, Malaysia is represented by Ministry of Housing and Local Government and amongst Malaysian cities that are part of the network are Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

8) ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meetings (SOM) /Meeting Of Governors/Mayors Of ASEAN Capital (MGM)

ASEAN SOM/MGM is a platform to discuss, exchange opinions, ideas, view and experiences in urban issues amongst capital cities of ASEAN led by Mayors/ Governors. SOM is a meeting prior MGM. SOM is held to review details of both logistic and substance matters towards preparation of MGM. ASEAN Capital Cities that are part of the network are Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Vientiane Capital, The Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Singapura; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Viet Nam; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Manila, Filipina; and Naypyidaw, Myanmar. This platform was first hosted by Jakarta, Indonesia in 2013 and rotation of hosting would be the capital city of the country of the ASEAN chairmanship. Chairmanship of ASEAN rotates annually, based on the alphabetical order of the English names of Member States. chairmanship ASEAN.


1) Ankara, Turkey

The Proclamation of the City of Kuala Lumpur and the City of Ankara as Twin Cities was signed by the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Tan Sri Elyas bin Omar and the Mayor of Ankara, H.E. Suleyman Onder on 1 February 1984 in Kuala Lumpur. The intention (Letter of Intent) to sign a Memorandum of Understanding was agreed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia on 12 January 1990. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Mayor of Ankara, H.E. Murat Karayaician, and the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Tan Sri Elyas bin Omar on 25 June 1990 in Kuala Lumpur. The content of the Memorandum of Understanding is to further strengthen cooperation and understanding in the following matters: -           

i) Exchange of expertise on town planning, housing, and environmental issues;

ii) Exchange of annual visits to review and gather information on projects implemented in both cities and;

iii) Conduct cultural exchanges to foster and increase knowledge and understanding between the residents of the two cities                                                                                                           

2) Chennai, India

The government of Malaysia is represented by Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the government of the Republic of India is represented by the Corporation of Chennai signed an MoU on 25th November 2010. Desiring to strengthen and further develop co-operation between the 2 cities. Implementation of this MoU in the following ways: -           

i) To carry out research and activities jointly in the areas of municipal governance;

ii) Exchange of experts and expertise in the areas of cooperation by attachment of officers in the Parties' agencies;

iii) Sharing of information, experiences, and knowledge in the areas of co-operation through training programmes, seminars and visits;

iv) To hold dialogues and meetings for discussion on all areas of co-operation which would mutually benefit the two cities, the Parties and the public and private partners, also the expression of any other intentions and assistance in their realizations which will be mutually agreed by the Parties; and

3) Casablanca, Morocco

The cooperative relationship between the City of Kuala Lumpur and the City of Casablanca, Morocco began with the proposal of the Vice Mayor of Casablanca, Mr, Ahmad Kadiri when he visited Kuala Lumpur in January 1989. He proposed that the City of Casablanca and the City of Kuala Lumpur establish a Twin City. The proposal to create a Twin Cities through a "Memorandum of Understanding" (MoU) was agreed by the Prime Minister on 12 January 1990. A Letter of Intent to create a Twin Cities was signed on 31 May 1991. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Casablanca and Kuala Lumpur was signed on 11 July 1992 in Casablanca. Contents of the Memorandum of Understanding are as follows: - 

i) Exchange of expertise to further improve the management of the two cities;

ii) Trade & tourism;   

iii) Administration & information; and  

iv) Culture & arts, youth, and sports.                                                                                                      

4) Esfahan, Iran

During a visit to Esfahan City by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia with the former Mayor of Kuala Lumpur on 18 April 1993, former Prime Minister believed that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall should establish a link with the City of Esfahan through the Twin Cities. The proposal to create a twin city was agreed upon by the former Prime Minister on 15 July 1993. A Letter of Intent was signed between the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Tan Sri Dr. Mazlan bin Ahmad with the Mayor of Esfahan, H.E Hamid Reza Azimian on 18 August 1993 in Kuala Lumpur. The Mayor of Kuala Lumpur paid a return visit to Esfahan on 5 to 12 October 1993. Area of cooperation includes economics, education, social & culture, youth& sports, trade & tourism.

5) Osaka, Japan

Agreement " Business Partner City between Kuala Lumpur and Osaka was signed on August 10, 1989, in Osaka. Given the many issues discussed on trade, the MATRADE, Ministry of International Trade and Industry signed an Agreement in 1994. The content of the "Business Partner City" Agreement is to jointly enhance and promote economic relations, especially in the field of small and medium industries (business partner city affiliation) and promote friendly and charitable relations between the citizens of Kuala Lumpur and Osaka.

6) Melaka, Malaysia

The joint declaration signed on 15 April 1989 by the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur and the Yang Dipertua of the Melaka Municipal Council. The relationship between the cities are as follows: -

i) The first step for further actions and activities to be taken by both cities for the benefit and benefit of its residents;

ii) Closer cooperation in the fields of economy, education, social and culture, youth, and sports as well as business and tourism.