Basel-City deepened its ties with Moscow
The successful Basel presence in Moscow has now entered its second round: the contacts that were forged last year in the fields ofbusiness, health, education and culture have been deepened and cooperation projects developed further.
The Canton of Basel-City continued its two-year presence in Moscow from the 4th to the 9th of September 2012. Numerous cooperation projects with partners in Moscow were already initiated and maintained in 2011. A high point was the signing of a Declaration of Intent regarding the partnership between Basel and Moscow for 2011 and 2012 in the fields of business (including trade fairs), culture, health, sport and tourism, as well as science and education. A Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation within the health sector was also signed in March 2012. The contacts that were made in the past year in the areas of politics, economics, science, tourism, health and culture have been deepened this autumn in the sense of a sustained consolidation, and cooperation projects have been developed further.
The Canton of Basel-City was officially represented in Moscow by the President of
the Basel Government Dr. Guy Morin, Vice-President of the Government Dr. Carlo Conti, President of the
Parliament Daniel Goepfert, State Chancellor Barbara Schüpbach-Guggenbühl, Philippe Bischof, Head of
the Culture Division, and Sabine Horvath, Head of External Affairs and Marketing. Various participants
from Basel once again organised events aimed at a targeted maintenance of relations with Russian partners.
Basel presented Moscow with a Basilisk fountain
In order to symbolically underline the friendship between the two cities, Basel presented an original Basel Basilisk Fountain to the people of Moscow, which was officially dedicated at a central location in Moscow during this year’s presence.
A special focus was placed on cultural exchange this year: various cultural events will be taking place this autumn in Basel as well as in Moscow and St. Petersburg within the context of the Basel CULTURESCAPES festival.