Mayor Park Won Soon visited a city and two provinces in China, for “seeking truth from facts,” on a five-night-six-day schedule, from November 3.
[Mayor Park Won Soon at the 3rd WeGo General Assembly held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China]
Shanghai City and Shandong Province are important strongholds of the Chinese economy. Indeed, Sichuan Province is a core area for China’s Western Development. Mr. Park Won Soon’s visit to the area is significant as it is the first visit of Seoul’s delegation to initiate discussions about mutual collaboration.
In connection with the plan to attract foreign investment and tourists to the city, which the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), led by Mr. Park Won Soon, has set as the basis for a Seoul-type creative economy, the Seoul Mayor held an IR session involving leading Chinese businesses interested in financial investment in the city, including Bank of China, in Shanghai. At the explanatory meeting about tourism in Seoul, held in Sichuan Province, 100-plus people from Chinese travel agencies and relevant institutions attended.
[Mayor Park Won Soon at the signing of an MOU for collaboration between Sichuan Province and Seoul City]
[Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon and Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong at the signing of an MOU for collaboration between the two cities]
At the tourism information session, in Seoul, held in Sichuan Province, Mayor Park Won Soon gave a presentation, and 14 relevant businesses carried out marketing activities through one-on-one meetings with their Chinese counterparts. The Seoul mayor paid a visit to Dujiangyan, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in Chengdu, Sichuan Province (registered in 2000), to benchmark the steps taken by the city, with the view of having leading cultural heritage sites in Seoul registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. In Shandong Province, where Confucius and Mencius were born, he signed an MOU for collaboration between museums in Seoul and Shandong Province.
The Seoul Mayor also attended the Environmental Technology-related Collaborative Forum, which was held as the first joint session of the two sides (Seoul and Shandong Province), following the signing of the MOU for collaboration in air quality improvement, in June 2014. The SMG set air quality as one of the core sectors of mutual collaboration with Chinese cities.
The Seoul Mayor also signed MOUs with the governors of Sichuan and Shandong Provinces and the Shanghai mayor in order to bolster the collaborative networking between them.
[Mayor Park Won Soon gives a welcome speech as the head of the chair city of the third WeGO General Assembly held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China]
[Mayor Park Won Soon presents WeGO Awards as the head of the chair city of the third WeGO General Assembly]
Mr. Park Won Soon attended the third General Assembly of the World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO), held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, as the head of the chair city. WeG0 is an international cooperative body for cities and local governments that pursue sustainable city development based on e-government through exchanges and collaboration, the spread of exemplary cases, and enhancement of administrative efficiency and transparency. At present, a total of 86 cities from six countries are taking part.
※ Current chair city: Seoul; seven vice-chair cities (senior vice-chair city: Chengdu)
Commenting on his visit to China this time around, Mayor Park Won Soon said, “I set my visit to China this time to focus on diplomacy “for seeking truth from facts” (shishiqiushi in Chinese). I am doing what I can to publicize the capabilities of Seoul in those Chinese cities and provinces that lead the Chinese market in economy, investment, and culture, and to layout the framework of mutual exchange and collaboration. I am intent on enhancing the efficacy of a Seoul-type creative economy. The SMG will also play a leading role in making joint efforts for air quality improvement in the region, stressing that the unity between the cities in the region is crucial in that effort.”
[Mayor Park Won Soon greets mayors of foreign countries at the third WeGO General Assembly held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China]
[Mayor Park Won Soon gives a presentation at an explanatory session of the Seoul City-related investment environment held in Shanghai]