As the first appointment on his official schedule, Mayor Park Won Soon met with Mayor Erdene Bat-Uul of Ulaanbaatar on September 21. At the meeting, he promised to share Seoul’s urbanization experience and outstanding policies with Ulaanbaatar, which is currently in the process of establishing a master plan to resolve issues concerning the country’s lack of urban infrastructure and reckless development.
Mayor Erdene Bat-Uul asked Mayor Park to share Seoul’s experiences regarding the resolution of urban issues the city once faced due to its rapid urbanization so that they may be able to think of ways to achieve desirable urban development.
As a response to Mayor Erdene Bat-Uul’s request to learn about Seoul’s outstanding policies, made during his visit to Seoul last May, Mayor Park insisted on visiting Ulaanbaatar with representatives from 12 private companies.
Since the establishment of their sister-city relationship in 1995, Seoul Metropolitan Government has closely cooperated with Ulaanbaatar in the fields of culture and the environment. During this visit, Mayor Park expressed his hope for an expansion of practical exchange and cooperation in the future, including Seoul’s export of outstanding policies.
“Just like the Mongolian proverb that ‘little drops of water make a mighty ocean,’ Seoul and Ulaanbaatar have built a close relationship over the past 20 years,” remarked Mayor Park. He then added, “In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of official ties between South Korea and Mongolia and the 20th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Seoul and Ulaanbaatar, I would like to express my hope that exchanges between the two capital cities expands and matures in the future.”