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Auckland and Busan refresh collaboration potential

By Tao Chen, Auckland Council

In late March, Auckland Council welcomed the visit by the Assistant Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City, Mr. Kim Yun-il and his delegation. The Busan guests came to attend the 2019 Korean Day Festival, Auckland’s biggest annual Korean cultural event organized by the Korean Society of Auckland. The annual official visit to Auckland on this occasion by Busan Metropolitan City highlights the two cities’ longterm and active relationship.

2019 marks the 23rd year of Auckland-Busan partner city relationship. On 29th March, Councillor Penny Hulse, Councillor Paul Young met with Assistant Mayor Kim and discussed topics and opportunities of mutual interests focusing on ports, innovation, film industry, renewable energy, and tourism promotion. Busan is the 2018-2019 President City of Tourism Promotion Organization (TPO) for Asia Pacific Cities. Assistant Mayor Kim invited Auckland to attend the 9th TPO General Assembly in Busan this September.

Sister Cities New Zealand President Hiromi Morris, Screen Auckland Manager Michael Brooks, Marguerite Delbet, General Manager of Auckland Council’s Democracy Services and Kimberley Wu, International Relations Manager joined the meeting with the Busan delegation. Sister Cities New Zealand and Screen Auckland both welcomed more frequent, wider and deeper interactions between Busan and New Zealand cities. The delegation also visited Auckland’s start-up GridAKL, and were excited to find quite a few similarities between Auckland and Busan’s startup scenes. An Auckland Council funded initiative, GridAKL is Auckland’s prominent startup precinct, whilst Busan is South Korea’s first startup cradle of 100 years and a pilot city for national smart city project. There is promising potential for both cities to cultivate opportunities of co-platform collaboration.”

Article from Sister Cities