By Press Release Submitted to Published Nov 19, 2015 at 5:46 PM Photography: Bobby Tanzilo

A Sister City agreement between Milwaukee and the County of Bomet, Kenya will be signed during a special ceremony next week in the third floor Council Chamber and Anteroom at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23 and will be hosted by Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. and will feature Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and His Excellency Honorable Isaac Ruto, Governor of the County of Bomet.           

Ald. Davis, chair of the City of Milwaukee’s Sister Cities Committee, said the Sister Cities International agreement with Bomet, Kenya has been in the works for several months, and has strong local support and interest.

"It is clear that this important agreement will most certainly be mutually beneficial for the citizens of Milwaukee and the citizens of Bomet, and I would like to thank Governor Isaac Ruto for his support and work to help bring the agreement together," he said.

"I would also like to thank the work of the Sister Cities Committee and the Pan-African Community Association/Bomet County Committee for all the work and effort that has led us to this important agreement of mutual of cooperation in the fields of business, culture, health care, education, tourism and other areas of interest to both cities for their overall progress," Ald. Davis said. 

Milwaukee is officially affiliated with Sister Cities International, a program with more than 50 years of promoting people-to-people diplomacy. As a result, Milwaukee’s city-to-city relationships, including former friendship cities and unofficial sister cities, are now moving forward. Carora, Venezuela; Medan, Indonesia; Galway, Ireland; Morogoro, Tanzania; uMhlathuze, South Africa; and Zadar, Croatia are Milwaukee’s current Sister Cities.