Busan has invited Badiaa Rahmouni, a public official of Casablanca, Morocco, which became Busan's newest sister city last month, and Katharina Eggert, a public official of Hamburg, Germany, with which the establishment of more and more ties may eventually lead to the achievement of a full sisterhood relationship is in progress. The two officials started their 6-month-long stay at Busan City Hall on April 22. This is the second time that Busan has invited a public official from Hamburg, and the first time that an official from Casablanca has come to work at Busan City Hall.
From now on, the officials will be expected not only to act as administrative and cultural envoys to promote Busan upon returning to their countries, but also to build bridges to strengthening exchanges between Busan and their respective cities while here. During the time here, they will learn about Korean culture by taking a Korean language class, experiencing various aspects of traditional culture and participating in various festivals. Some 16 public officials from overseas sister cities have worked in Busan over the last decade. This program is considered to be an effective and lively model for international exchange.