KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The 2013 Asia-Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) in Kaohsiung concluded with the participating mayors signing a joint statement on establishing systems to optimize urban management and development.
“The ideas were put forward by the 48 mayors who attended the summit to discuss the ingredients required for a city's success within the framework of increased global imperatives and local governance systems”
At the closing ceremony, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu and Brisbane Mayor Graham Quirks read out the statement in Mandarin and English, respectively. Chen said the statement contained the elements needed for the success of a city.
“The ideas were put forward by the 48 mayors who attended the summit to discuss the ingredients required for a city's success within the framework of increased global imperatives and local governance systems,” she said.
The main areas highlighted in the statement were better managed systems and systems of cities; positive planning for environmental challenges; business friendly and attractive cities; city-corporate partnerships; culture, media and creativity; and future generations of city leaders.
The city mayors will build effective dialogue with different levels of government, according to the statement. Cities require all levels of government to work together and build a new framework for effective collaborative governance, where policies and resources are aligned with the drivers and geographies of successful cities, the statement said.
Mayors and representatives from 104 cities around the region attended the three-day event at Kaohsiung Arena Sept. 9-11. Quirks recognized Kaohsiung's efforts in organizing the ninth edition of the APCS, saying it had pulled regional cities closer together and used the event as a platform for interaction between civil and enterprise leaders.
During the summit, 93 business workshops were held, while around NT$2.5 billion (US$84 million) worth of trade deals struck, including contracts for the purchase of soy beans and fruits, according to the Kaohsiung City government.
The biennial cities summit, initiated by the Australian city of Brisbane in 1996, is regarded as a forum for fast-tracking international city networks and new business relationships for over 100 cities in the region.
The APCS is also a place where city decision makers, business leaders, social entrepreneurs, young leaders and professionals, and experts meet to deal with regional challenges in an open and highly interactive manner.