In preparation for the “Global Harbor Cities Forum” in 2016, Kaohsiung convened a precursor "International Harbor Cities Conference" in August 2015 to help strengthen cooperation among harbor cities. We invited internationally renowned harbor city leaders to Kaohsiung to share experiences regarding urban transformation, industrial redevelopment, and creative strategies to enhance harbor cities.
Through increased dialogue and cooperation, Kaohsiung hopes to increase investment opportunities and spur economic growth among participating international harbor cities.
To improve economic efficiency and facilitate cooperation and communication, it is important to strengthen ties between local and global harbor cities in terms of information and resource-sharing.
Active cooperation, through communication and learning, among global harbor cities is beneficial for development. Besides soft and hard equipment, exchanges of professional resources and innovative ideas are also important for cross-city cooperation.
Potential business opportunities and interests will definitely be considered when undertaking any kinds of cross-city cooperation (including industrial cooperation in all aspects).
A more feasible cooperation between Kaohsiung and Marseille may be the tourism industry. Although there may be a long distance between two harbor cities, it is still possible for two cities to consider the integration of tourism resources and think about a better cooperation model.
Busan is making great effort to develop its cruise industry. To achieve this goal, the city is collecting information from various harbor cities and seeking opportunities to cooperate. Cooperation across cities can be multi-dimensional, and communication between local and other non-harbor cities is also important. In addition, support and resources from the central government are key to the future development of the city.
The ocean economy and development of ocean-related businesses are important issues for global cross-harbor city cooperation. The 2015 international harbor cities conference provides a pathway to foresee the possibilities for future cooperation.
Vancouver has attended the 2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Kaohsiung, and shared with other cities its own experience of city transformation and governance.
Since 1972, Vancouver has gradually transformed itself from a heavily-polluted industrial city into a life and environment friendly one. The new face of city Vancouver obviously strengthens the development of innovative technology and the attendant economic performance. And, this remarkable achievement is mainly built upon a well-developed plan of water resources application in such aspects as waterfront development, port infrastructure upgrade and city restructuring endeavors.