2016 Global Harbour Cities Forum (GHCF), held by Kaohsiung City Government, has invited a number of participants respectively from Baltimore of the U.S., Panama City of the Republic of Panama, Busan of South Korea, Marseilles of France, Mie Prefecture of Japan, Đà Nẵng of Vietnam and Kochi of India. These harbor cities are known for their success in harbor transition. Some of them are known as either old harbor of over 100 years, newly-built harbor, industrial harbor, harbor focusing on aquaculture or exhibition. Participants from these cities will all come to Asia’s New Bay Area and talk about their experience in both innovation and management as part of the global harbor cities.
Baltimore, the U.S.
Baltimore is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland and an important coastal seaport of the Atlantic Ocean. In early years, Baltimore was a military harbor as well as an industrial city. Its Inner Harbor project successfully shifted the city to a famous seaport and tourism-oriented attraction of the East Coast of the United States. Public investments were attracted into the construction of Baltimore Arena and National Aquarium, which is a significant reference for Kaohsiung to promote Asia’s New Bay Area.
Panama City, the Republic of Panama
Being one of the nations in Central America which are in good relation with Taiwan, Panama City, the capital of the Public of Panama, is located at the Pacific entrance of Panama Canal and has a metropolitan population of around 1.2 million. It is the political, administrative and cultural center of the country. In addition to its focus on the overall renewal and modernization, Panama City also infuses the idea of green ecology into the urban renewal project which is currently under way. Its transition process is identical to that of Asia’s New Bay Area in Kaohsiung and worth learning from.
Busan, South Korea
Busan is South Korea’s second largest city after Seoul, the largest harbor city in South Korea and the world’s fifth largest seaport. Suh Byung-soo, Mayor of Busan, has been strongly promoting tourism, MICE industry (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions), TV and film industry and ecological conservation centers since taking office. Suh’s vision for an all-inclusive city with sustainability and the internationalization of the city have gained global attention. Busan is so far one of the most outstanding harbors in Asia.
Marseilles is the second largest city and the third largest metropolitan area in France. Marseilles once belonged to Provence. Nowadays, it is the largest port for commerce both in France and on the Mediterranean coast. Marseilles is a historically-rich city that can be dated back to 600 BC when Greeks built a port for trade which underwent several wars. The internationalization of the city and revitalization of the old harbor area are worth learning from.
Mie Prefecture, Japan
Mie Prefecture is situated on central part of Honshu island and forms the eastern part of the Kii Peninsula facing the Pacific Ocean. Mie Prefecture has a long and narrow geography, and the southern coastline is recognized as Ria coast where aquaculture industry combined with local human activities is popular, such as pearl, oyster and lobster. One-third of Mie prefecture is designated as Natural Parks. Both tradition and modernization are equally emphasized in terms of the development of tourism and industries.
Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
Đà Nẵng is known for its strategic geography. It has north-south railways and highways and the biggest airport in Central Vietnam. Đà Nẵng is a deep-water port that connects with the economic corridor of the Pacific Ocean. In recent years, Đà Nẵng has been endeavoring to become a liveable city focusing on ecology and environmental protection by 2020. Its top priority is to make itself a MICE city for major events.
Kochi, situated on the south-east coast of India, has fantastic natural scenery. Kochi is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea because it is the only way to visit the famous tourist attraction – Kerala. The economy and industries of Kochi are deeply connected with Kerala. Kochi is possessed of shipbuilding industry and ship repairing industry, a harbor with world-class facilities and an airport that connects to other major cities across the globe. Kochi is the second largest city on the west coast of India after Mumbai.
To see more city representatives, please visit http://2016ghcf.org.tw/city.php