Unleashing the Economic Vitality of Cities:2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit to be held at Kaohsiung Arena, September 9-11, 2013／啟動城市經濟新動能「2013亞太城市高峰會」9月9日高雄巨蛋登場
Unleashing the Economic Vitality of Cities:
2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit to be held at Kaohsiung Arena, September 9-11, 2013
◎English translation: Marie Pelchat
◎Photos courtesy of Pao Chung-hui, APCS Committee, HTC Corp.
Kaohsiung City Government announced on June 20 the four major international speakers for the 2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS), which will be held from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11 at Kaohsiung Arena. The conference will present to an audience of city decision-makers and business leaders ideas and opinions about new economic trends, as well as strategies for governance and administration. The upcoming summit will be one of the most important international gatherings ever held in Kaohsiung, and is also the first time since hosting the 2009 World Games that the city is stepping on to the international stage.
Globalization has heightened competition between cities, which must now rely on knowledge and economic exchanges to achieve urban development anchored in a global perspective, while at the same time emphasizing local characteristics when promoting themselves on the global stage. Consequently, in 1996 Brisbane –one of Kaohsiung's sister cities –launched the Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS). Held biannually and hosted alternately by Brisbane and cities in different parts of Asia, the summit aims to promote good relations between cities, and give local governments, technology experts and business leaders a platform for exchanging information. Each summit attracts over 1,000 participants from the public and private sectors. By hosting the 2013 APCS, Kaohsiung hopes to enhance relations between cities, as well as promote business activities and the tourism industry.
The four keynote speakers at APCS will be: Cher Wang, chairperson of HTC Corp.; Gunter Pauli, founder-director of the ZERI Foundation and initiator of "The Blue Economy"; Michael Braungart, founder of EPEA International and author of Cradle to Cradle; as well as Ken Livingstone, mayor of London 2000-2008 and a driving force behind the 2012 London Olympics.
Cher Wang will discuss how high-tech industry can create a vibrant urban life by sharing strategies for product innovation and marketing. Furthermore, she will talk about blue-ocean strategy for innovative cities from her perspective as a businesswoman. Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone will talk about how organizing the Olympics set a new standard in urban development by giving East London –a district formally plagued with poverty, pollution and crime –a chance for renewal.
Michael Braungart stresses the importance of bearing a product's entire life-cycle in mind when designing it, so it can be recycled and reused. Gunter Pauli promotes "The Blue Economy," and believes that innovative design inspired by natural systems can create "blue ocean" business opportunities, thus allowing green industries to shake off their image as high-cost, low-profit sectors reliant on government support. The APCS will include panel discussions under the theme "Green Economies to Blue Economies" by inviting these two speakers to discuss the current state and future prospects of green industries.