Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon met up with Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi at Rome City Hall on September 8 during his tour of Italy and talked for an hour to seek cooperative measures through innovative policies in the areas of transportation, environment and tourism.
This marks the first meeting between Mayor Park and Mayor Raggi. The two have a lot in common. In addition to being lawyers before becoming mayor, the two are innovative mayors that promoted a sustainable city through social movement and citizen participation.
Mayor Park introduced preemptive projects that the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is implementing in the areas of transportation and waste disposal, which were Mayor Raggi’s public pledges and areas of keen interest in the City of Rome. Mayor Park and Mayor Raggi also exchanged tourism policy know-how. Rome has a huge tourism industry with 17% of all the UNESCO cultural heritages and attracts 28 million foreign tourists annually.
Mayor Park said, “I hope that the meeting with the Mayor of Rome will result in strengthened cooperation and exchange in the two cities’ interest areas of environment and climate change response as well as the sharing of innovative policies in the areas of transportation and waste disposal to improve peoples’ quality of life.” He added, “Mayor Raggi and I agree on advancing citizen participation and innovative policies. I will work on fortifying the relationship with Rome so that new areas of exchange and cooperation are established.”