On October 23, Mayor Park Won Soon met with Mayor Mochamad Ridwan Kamil of Bandaung, Indonesia, who was visiting him at the Seoul City Hall. The two mayors discussed ways of mutual exchange and collaboration, including Bandung’s benchmarking of the policy experiences accumulated by Seoul in areas like urban planning, e-government, and urban transportation.
The two mayors started mutual collaboration in April 2014, when the Bandung mayor expressed his wish to benchmark some of the good administrative measures taken by Seoul City, on Mayor Kamil’s visit to Seoul to attend the Global Lab on Metropolitan Strategic Planning (MetroLab), which was co-hosted by Seoul City and the World Bank.
The City of Bandung wishes to adopt the models used by Seoul City in projects involving the improvement of slums, development of ultra-modern industrial districts, and the operation of an integrated control room. Officials of the two cities will hold a relevant workshop for policy exchanges in Bandung, in December, this year.
The meeting between the two mayors was held at Mr. Park Won Soon’s invitation after Bandung City expressed its wish to benchmark Seoul City’s experience in the formation of the Digital Media City in Sangamdong and Magok District, in connection with the plan to construct the Bandung Technopolis.
Prior to the meeting with Mr. Park Won Soon, the Bandung mayor and his entourage inspected the Mapo Resource Recovery Facility and the Digital Media City in Sangam-dong. They were also briefed on exemplary policy examples adopted by Seoul.
Bandung is the third largest city in Indonesia and a member city of CITYNET, MetroLab, and WeGO, as is Seoul.