Chefchaouen: Kunming’s only sister city in Africa|Updated: October 28, 2022

Chefchaouen, Morocco, located in the northwest of Africa, is not just one of the many international friendship cities of Kunming, but also the only one in Africa.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in May, 1985, the two sides have carried out extensive official and folk exchanges.

Between 1985 and 1997, leaders from Kunming visited Chefchaouen on several occasions and were warmly received by the Kingdom of Morocco. In addition, the authorities from the Kingdom of Morocco also paid visits to Kunming, Guangzhou, Xi'an, and Beijing in 1986. In 2012, during the National Friendship Association’s Friendship Cities Conference, the two cities exchanged views on their relationship. 

Folk exchanges between Kunming and Chefchaouen have also increased, and through tourism and other means, the people of Kunming have developed a deeper understanding of Chefchaouen.

In January, Morocco signed a BRI cooperation document with China, making it the first North African country to sign a joint plan of the Belt and Road Initiative with China.

In the future, Kunming, as an important city promoting the BRI, will further deepen exchanges and cooperation between the two sides in the economy, trade, tourism and culture.