Mayor Park Won Soon will be visiting Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, for three nights and four days from September 20 to 23, 2015, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the sisterhood relationship between the two cities. Mayor Park’s visit follows Ulaanbaatar Mayor Erdene Bat-Uul’s trip to Seoul last May. During the major’s time in Ulaanbaatar, Seoul Metropolitan Government hopes to strengthen the 20-year friendship between the two cities and gain financial benefits as well.
Currently, Ulaanbaatar is undergoing rapid urbanization, and its government officials are highly interested in learning more about Seoul’s development experience, widely known as the “Miracle on the Hangang River.” Seoul’s public transit card system, in which passengers pay fares by swiping their transit cards over a sensor, has already been exported to Ulaanbaatar, where it was officially implemented in July.
In relation to the system, Mayor Park Won Soon plans to sign a joint policy sharing declaration, involving the policy exchange and project promotion necessary for Ulaanbaatar’s continued urban development, especially in the areas of “smart cities,” the environment, disaster preparedness, and urban planning.
Besides strengthening exchange and cooperation with Ulaanbaatar, Mayor Park Won Soon will promote Seoul as the leading city in Northeast Asia in his keynote speech at the 2nd Northeast Asia Mayors’ Forum, hosted by the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as through a meeting with Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.
“Just as endless challenges and communication of the nomadic spirit led to the creation of the great Mongol Empire, I hope that continuous communication and exchanges between Seoul and Mongolia will serve as the foundation for the development of our two cities as well as the development of Asia,” remarked Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon.