As one of the concurrent sessions of the 2017 Global Fortune Forum, the Mayors’ Forum “Future Cities: Forum on Governance and Innovation” was successfully launched in Shangri-la Hotel Guangzhou on December 7, 2017.
The forum gathered mayors from different cities, including Wen Guohui, Mayor of Guangzhou, China; Yao Yisheng, Mayor of Zhuhai, China; Soichiro Takashima, Mayor of Fukuoka, Japan; Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, UK; Alain Galliano, Vice President, Métropole de Lyon, France; and Ye Niuping, Vice Mayor of Guangzhou, China. The mayors shared their experience on governance innovation, discussed the issues faced by and strategies of the cities in China and other countries in development, and explored the optimal urban governance solutions.
In his keynote speech, Wen Guohui said that Guangzhou is a 2,200-year old historic city, an important national central city in China, an international commerce and trade center, and a comprehensive transportation hub. Yet like other cities in the world, Guangzhou is faced with problems along with its urban development.
Guangzhou is determined to fully implement the spirit of the 19th Congress, and, under the guidance of the new development concepts, proactively engage in the Belt and Road Initiative so as to constantly enhance the urban governance performance and take a comprehensive governance approach that accommodates both macroscopic and microscopic perspectives, technology and art, rule of law and humanity.
Mayor Wen also hoped to learn the urban governance experience from cities of other countries at the Forum and make Guangzhou a city of good governance.
At the subsequent dialogue, Yao Yisheng, Mayor of Zhuhai, Marvin Rees, Soichiro Takashima, Mayor of Fukuoka, Mayor of Bristol, and Alain Galliano, Vice President, Métropole de Lyon exchanged ideas and experience on urban governance issues including “solving problems brought on by rapid urbanization with new technology”, “impacts of IoT, big data and AI on different aspects of cities”, and “how smart cities would change the living quality, human health, community and communications.”