Project Details

Tripartite Economic Alliance

Short Description and Goal

Auckland is a founding member of the world-leading Tripartite Economic Alliance with twinning-cities of Los Angeles and Guangzhou. Each year, these cities bring civic, business, and innovation leaders together to exchange knowledge, as well as investment and trade opportunities.

Detailed Description

Founded in 2014 by the then-mayors of the three sister cities, “the Tripartite Economic Alliance is the first of its kind around the globe,” said Phil Golf, mayor of Auckland (

Guangzhou, Auckland and Los Angeles are very special cities. All are located in Asia Pacific, all are leaders in industry, trade and technology, and all are dynamic, open and inclusive.By joining the Tripartite Economic Alliance in 2014, Guangzhou has sought to extend this connectivity from Asia to Oceania and North America. It will generate prosperity, boost development, and raise the quality of life for millions of people.Ambassador Wu Xi’s Speech at the Summit of Tripartite Economic Alliance(From Chinese Embassy in New Zealand)2019/05/20

In 2017 partners extended alliance by 3 more years.

Hosts by year:

2014 – Guangzhou
2015- Los Angeles
2016 – Auckland
2017 – Guangzhou
2018 – Los Angeles
2019 – Auckland


  • The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries recognised the achievement of the summit by awarding Auckland a Certificate of Honor – Friendship City for Exchanges and Cooperation with China.
  • The summit also won an Excellence in Economic Development award in 2016 – a silver in the Special Event Campaign categoryorganised by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
  • Seven Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed, including one between Guangzhou Urban Planning Design Survey Research Institute (GZPI), Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) and the Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) Design Alliance to set up an urban design alliance to share knowledge and design principles and benefit the sustainable development of the three cities. Four MoUs were signed by Auckland and Guangzhou and the University of Auckland on science and technology collaborative studies into cancer, new anti-diabetic medicines, degenerative diseases and obesity related metabolic diseases.
  • As a result of the tripartite alliance, two Guangzhou and Auckland companies — Huawen Century and Pukeko Pictures — began cooperating in animated film production in 2016 and released “The Wotwots Kiddets,” a co-production rich with Guangzhou elements.
  • Several Memoranda of Understanding were signed at the Summit, including one between the Tamaki Makaurau Design Alliance, Guangzhou Urban Planning Design Survey Research Institute (GZPI), and Los Angeles Business Council (LABC). This partnership brings together architects and urban designers to develop and share expertise in urban design, architecture and sustainable technologies that will define how cities look and operate in the 21st century. Auckland Mayor Len Brown told the Summit that this partnership will allow designers to “contribute solutions to the growing and constant challenges that fast-growing, multi-cultural cities provide.”
  • Xiong Yifang, co-founder of Guangzhou EHang Technology Company, citing the drones they sold to the Auckland government for coastal surveillance, remarked that the top-down three-party relationship has helped endear local companies to their counterparts overseas and pave the way for them to go global.
  • There was a significant trilateral agreement signed by the three cities on Pacific Rim emergency preparedness, and Tripartite 2019 saw agreements signed between Chinese and local companies to pursue mutual opportunities including: the R&D and promotion of infant formula and nutrition powders; beverage distribution; an e-commerce cross-border logistics project; technology transfer, innovation and high-level staff training; and food labelling to ensure traceability from source to consumer.


Initiated by

  • Auckland Council

Initiators are

• Public institution

Funded by

• Corporation(s)
• Municipality
• Private Individuals
• Federal or State Funds

Project Website(s)

Project Topics

Business, Sustainable development, Urban Development

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Participating Cities

  • Auckland
  • Guangzhou
  • Los Angeles

Sizes of Participating Cities

• more than 1,5 Mio

Project Region(s)

• Asia
• North America

Media Credits

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