The Bulawayo City Council is engaged in dialogue with the City of St Petersburg in Russia as they push for a twining agreement in a deal initiated by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko.

The just concluded St Petersburg International Economic Forum saw a lot of economic opportunities for the country opening up and Bulawayo may be one of the beneficiaries as the Mayor, Councilor Martin Moyo who was accompanied by the chamber secretary, Mrs Sikhangele Zhou, had an engagement with the local authorities with a view of penning a twining agreement that could open doors for the city on capacity building and business opportunities.

Spokesperson for Bulawayo, Mrs Nesisa Mpofu confirmed to ZBC News that they are keen to establish relations with St Petersburg.

If the twinning deal is achieved, Bulawayo stands to benefit as the Russian city has vast technical skills that it can share with the city, especially in the engineering sector.

The local business community may also start accessing the vast Russian market whose population is over 144 million.

There are also prospects of partnership deals that can be nailed as Russia tries to explore the African economies.

Bulawayo may also become a permanent part of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum which attracts over 800 delegates from over 100 countries.