On September 8, 2021, the 7th 21st-Century Maritime Cooperation Committee Meeting was successfully held via Zoom in Fuzhou. It was moderated by Mr. Wu Xiaojie, Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Fuzhou Municipal People’s Government and Executive Deputy Secretary General of 21st-Century Maritime Cooperation Committee (hereinafter referred to as “the Committee”). Ms. Ashok Kumar Byanju Shrestha, President of the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) and Municipal Association of Nepal and Mayor of Dhulikhel Municipality, Mr. Stuart Crosby, Co-President of UCLG ASPAC and President of Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ), Mr. Octavi de la Varga, Secretary General of World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis), Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC, and others attended and addressed the meeting. Also included in this online event were more than 60 representatives from over 30 member cities and organizations of UCLG ASPAC and the Committee from over 10 countries, such as Indonesia, New Zealand, Poland, Myanmar, etc.
Representatives of Fuzhou and participants from home and abroad met via Zoom
President Ashok Kumar Byanju Shrestha mentioned that since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, jobs seeking, education, medical care, government services, social interactions and other activities have gone online, leading to an increasing dependence on digital technologies. It has not only brought pressure and challenges to policy makers, but demonstrated potential of digital technologies. He said that local governments need to provide conducive environment for the optimal usage of digital technologies and introduce policies for regulating digital infrastructure to improve the ability of people and firms to use digital technologies, which will more effectively bridge the digital divide for all.
Mr. Byanju, President of UCLG ASPAC, delivered the speech.
Co-President Stuart Crosby took local governments in New Zealand as examples to introduce the profound impact of digitalization on his work in the terms of government affairs transparency, public services and government services for the convenience of the people and enterprises. He noted that online meetings are more time-saving and efficient and also improve the transparency of government decision making by livestream; online service platforms ensure that government services will be more easily accessible for the people; information resources can be shared and put to better use through the libraries with online functions. These practices show that the development of digital technologies can strongly improve governance efficiency and people’s quality of life, contributing to economic development and social well-being.
Mr. Crosby, Co-President of UCLG ASPAC, made the speech.
Mr. Jiang Jiang, Vice President of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) expressed his support and encouragement to the Committee through a video. He mentioned that the Committee has deepened the synergy with the Belt and Road Initiative and built a platform to carry out exchanges and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific for achieving an inclusive, shared and sustainable development. It was significant that the meeting themed on “Digitalization Contributing to Recovery and Prosperity of Cities”, addressed the concerns of cities in the Asia-Pacific about applying digital technologies to promote recovery in the post COVID-19 era. He hoped that representatives of Chinese member cities could actively share their experience in using digital technologies for the epidemic prevention and control and conduct in-depth discussions with participants from Asia-Pacific cities on issues such as the development of digitalization and application of digital technologies. Digitalization will enable Asia-Pacific cities recover from the pandemic and get back on track of development.
Mr. Jiang Jiang, Vice President of CPAFFC, addressed the audience.
The Secretariat of the Committee briefed on its work since the 6th Committee Meeting last year and its future work plan, as well as introduced new members and advisers of the Committee. Mr. Octavi de la Varga, Secretary General of Metropolis, and Dr. Eunwoo Kim, Representative of China Research Center of Korea Maritime Institute, gave speeches as new advisers. In the remarks of Secretary General Octavi de la Varga, metropolitan governments should pay attention to the digital gap created by digital disruption. Dr. Eunwoo Kim expressed that the digitalization of ports allows for their efficient and seamless operation even during emergency situations. As representatives of new members, Ms. Hu Bingxia, Vice President of Dalian Municipal People’s Friendship with Foreign Countries, introduced strategies for marine development in Dalian, while Mr. Toe Aung, Deputy Director General of Yangon City Development Committee, expressed his hope of enhancing cooperation in the development of digital technologies.
Mr. Wu Xiaojie, Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Fuzhou Municipal People’s Government and Executive Deputy Secretary General of the Committee briefed on the Committee’s work.
Furthermore, representatives from Fuzhou Municipal Administration Commission of Big Data Development, Fuzhou Municipal Health Commission and Fuzhou Municipal Bureau of Natural Resources and Planning respectively shared the development of “Digital Fuzhou”, the role of information systems in epidemic prevention and control and the application of digital technologies to resource planning and management. As a practitioner in the digital industry, Mr. Xiong Li, CEO of NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited, introduced the cooperation on digital education between his enterprise and cities at home and abroad.
During the free discussion session, participants including Mayor of Kirtipur Municipality, Deputy Governor of Siem Reap City and Secretary of Koszalin presented their cities’ development of digital technologies in the fields of epidemic prevention, urban development and governance.
At last, Secretary General Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi made the closing speech. She said that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought huge challenges to the whole world. Digitalization is an inevitable choice for local governments to respond to current challenges and improve governance efficiency. Cities should seize the opportunities of digital technology development in this crisis. She hoped that the experience of digitalization shared by Fuzhou can be learned by other members and cities to launch telemedicine, distance education and other relevant projects, as well as put forward practical solutions to narrow the digital gap. All these efforts will help us gain an early victory against the pandemic and realize the recovery and prosperity of cities.
Dr. Bernadia, Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC, delivered a closing speech.
Attached please find presentation materials of the meeting. Thank you!
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On August 20, 2020, the 6th 21st-Century Maritime Cooperation Committee Meeting was successfully hosted via Zoom in Fuzhou during the 2020 UCLG ASPAC Executive Bureau Meeting. The online Committee Meeting, under the theme of “local governments' role in the post COVID-19 era”, was attended by over 60 representatives from 31 members of UCLG ASPAC and 21st-Century Maritime Cooperation Committee, including cities and organizations in Indonesia, Cambodia, Republic of Korea, Kiribati, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, New Zealand and China. At the meeting, the representatives of Fuzhou shared local experience of epidemic prevention on the community level and measures for economic recovery. Other participants also exchanged views on the epidemic prevention and the economic recovery measures in their respective cities.
On the afternoon of September 5th, 2019, 21st-Century Maritime Cooperation Committee held the second Committee meeting in 2019 (the fifth committee meeting in total since the founding) in Makati City, the Philippines. The meeting was hosted by Mr. Du Weiguang, Deputy Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Fuzhou Municipal People's Government. Ms. Tri Rismaharini, President of UCLG ASPAC and Mayor of Surabaya, Indonesia, Mr. Song Jingwu, Co-President of UCLG ASPAC, Vice President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and President of 21st-Century Maritime Cooperation Committee, Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC and Mr. Octavi de la Varga, Secretary General of Metropolis, attended the meeting and delivered speeches. Nearly 100 delegates attended the meeting, including members of UCLG ASPAC, UCLG Africa, 21st-Century Maritime Cooperation Committee and the Metropolis. The delegates were representatives of foreign cities from Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Nepal as well as domestic cities such as Beijing, Chongqing, Xi'an, Haikou, Changsha, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, Jinan, Changchun, Yiwu, etc.
Ms. Tri Rismaharini said that as the theme of the Committee meeting, marine plastics and micro-plastics pollution is currently a common concern worldwide. UCLG ASPAC really appreciates the contribution of the Committee. She hoped to see all the members of the Committee working together to make a greater impact on our cities and society.
Mr. Song Jingwu said that since its establishment, 21st-Century Maritime Cooperation Committee has been closely connected with the Belt and Road Initiative and committed to building an inclusive, shared and sustainable platform for maritime cooperation in the Asia Pacific region with the targets of developing marine economy, promoting maritime cooperation, protecting marine environment and advancing sustainable development. He also hoped that delegates could learn from each other about the management experience of marine ecological protection and marine disasters reduction, and jointly take action in the two fields, so as to realize high-quality development of cities along the Maritime Silk Road, and to promote the construction of community with shared future for ocean.
Mr. Octavi de la Varga said that ocean is the cradle of life providing resources that human relies on to survive, and it is essential for ensuring the ecological balance of biodiversity on the earth. Meanwhile, we have also witnessed the fragility of marine resources, which makes it necessary to continuously explore how to ensure the sustainability of marine resources in the process of social and economic development. Metropolitan cities have responsibilities to take the lead in more areas, not only to develop strategies to promote economic development, attract investment, and introduce talent, but also to find solutions to reduce or even eliminate negative impacts during the developing process. 21st-Century Maritime Cooperation Committee has been striving for this goal. The topics discussed at the Committee meeting are about the control of flood and typhoon and the management of marine plastic pollution, which are the fields where cities need to work together and learn from each other.
Mr. Du Weiguang, Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the Fuzhou Municipal People’s Government, made a report on activities and work plan of the Committee. Mr. Lin Zhiqiang, Associate Consultant of Fuzhou Municipal Water Resources Administration, and Mr. Mu Jingli, Professor of Institute of Oceanography in Minjiang University, respectively introduced experience and approaches for the control of flood and typhoon in Fuzhouas well as practices on marine plastic pollution prevention and management in Fuzhou. The presentations received good responses from the delegates, and they had heated discussions with the speakers during the Q&A session. Moreover, a representative from Jayapura, Indonesia, submitted a membership application to show the intention to join the Committee.
Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi gave a summary speech at the end of the meeting. She hoped that the Committee could actively organize more activities to motivate coastal cities in the Asia-Pacific region to pay attention to issues on marine environmental pollution, marine plastic waste management and coastal economic development, and jointly make contributions on the building of a better marine environment.
On the morning of May 21, 2019, 21st-Century Maritime Cooperation Committee Meeting was held in Yiwu, China. Ms. Tri Rismaharini, President of UCLG ASPAC and Mayor of Surabaya, Ms. Stephany Uy-Tan, Co-President of UCLG ASPAC and Mayor of Catbalogan City, Mr. Ashok Kumar Byanju Shrestha, Co-President of UCLG ASPAC and Mayor of Dhulikhel Municipality, Mr. Shen Xin, Director General of Department of European and Asian Affairs, CPAFFC, and Dr. Bernadia, Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC attended the meeting and delivered speeches.
Ms. President Tri Rismaharini congratulated Fuzhou for successfully holding the Marine Economy and Urban Development--Coastal Port Cooperation Forum and extended thanks for Fuzhou’s active role in the affairs of UCLG ASPAC. She hoped that the Committee can serve as a platform and play a leading role to conduct cooperation with the Committee members and organizations in the fields of life improvement, marine disaster prevention and treatment of plastic waste in the ocean.
Mr. Shen Xin said the Committee was inaugurated as an achievement in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Over the past two years, the Committee has become one of the most important committees of UCLG ASPAC. CPAFFC will continue to provide support for promoting high-quality development of the Committee.
In the view of Ms. Stephany, Catbalogan City was once an important port city in the Philippines. She hoped that participants can share wisdom and experience through the Committee, so as to carry out cooperation in port and marine industries.
Mr. Byanju Shrestha thought that as the largest regional section of UCLG, UCLG ASPAC provides a platform, not only for local governments to voice, but for them to share experience. Nepal is at an important stage of development and is continuing its opening up. He hoped to enhance exchanges with the Committee members.
Mr. Wu Xiaojie, Executvie Deputy Secretary General of 21st-Century Maritime Cooperation Committee and Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Fuzhou Municipal People’s Government, reported the activities and work plans of the Committee. Mr. Sun Wenfeng, Deputy Director of Fuzhou Municipal Housing Administration, and Ms. Chen Ran, Assistant to the President, Fuzhou Planning Surveying and Design Research Institute, respectively introduced Fuzhou’s old house renovation programs and the treatment of black and foul water pollution, which aroused enthusiastic responses from the participants. They had heated discussions and exchanges on the approaches by the government and private sectors to conduct financing and cooperation in the old house renovation and treatment of water pollution. The participants from Nepal, the Philippines and other UCLG ASPAC countries have also invited technicians from Fuzhou to conduct site visits in their cities, so as to jointly discuss about how to solve those problems like waste water treatment and old house resettlement there.
Secretary General Bernadia delivered a closing speech. She hoped that the Committee could proactively unite coastal cities in the Asia-Pacific Region to carry out discussions and collaboration in responding to marine plastic pollution and chain reaction caused by sea level rise.
Over 80 participants from Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Jakarta, Jeju, New Zealand One Belt One Road Council, Chile and other Committee members, cities and organizations attended the meeting.
The Third Standing Committee Meeting was held in September, 2018 during the 7th UCLG ASPAC Congress in Surabaya, Indonesia, with more than 100 representatives of UCLG ASPAC Presidency and the Committee members attending. At the meeting, the delegates from Fuzhou presented the development and experiences of Fuzhou’s digital economy and introduced the marine-related education and training programs of Minjiang University.
The Second Standing Committee Meeting was convened on April 10, 2018 during the 2018 UCLG ASPAC Executive Bureau Meeting in Islamabad. Over 60 delegates from the Committee and UCLG ASPAC attended.