The forum, which was organised in the context of the 4th Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation, brought together representatives from 105 cities and local governments, hailing from 39 different countries.
In his speech, the Minister-President touched upon three key themes, namely sustainable development and urban planning, inclusion and social cohesion in the city, and urban transport and mobility.
As the City of Guangzhou’s guest of honour, the Minister-President met with the mayor of the Chinese metropolis for a bilateral discussion during which our region and the City of Guangzhou expressed their shared commitment to intensify their collaboration, including in the Metropolis network.
Rudi Vervoort also met with Moussa Sow, the Vice-Mayor of Dakar, the capital of Senegal.
Developing our Smart Region
The Brussels-Capital Region has defined three priority areas for accelerating the development of our Smart Region, i.e., a smart city for everyone, cultural transition towards a smart city, and Smart Mobility.
In this framework, the Minister-President took advantage of his visit to Guangzhou to meet with several representatives of Belgian and Chinese companies and institutions, which specialise in the technological development of the cities of the future.
Thinking about the city of tomorrow
To meet the many challenges that cities and urban regions face and to assure their sustainable development, politicians, civil servants, scholars, entrepreneurs and citizens must come up with innovative solutions for the future.
This mission to the Global Mayors’ Forum – and the various meetings with other mayors of large cities – once again demonstrated the growing importance of local and regional governments for regulating sustainable urban and territorial development. While there is no such thing as a perfect city, these networks certainly are sources of inspiration to make the city more innovative, greener, more equal and open to all.