The EU cities of Barcelona, Granada, Rome and Stuttgart Region (including Ludwigsburg) undertook a mission to the Chinese cities of Chengdu and Liuzhou. The mission – which took place from 09 – 15 June 2019 – was the first city-to-city mission of the IUC cities in 2019 and a follow-up to the encounter that took place in the EU in April 2019. According to the IUC project’s thematic clustering approach, the mission centered around the smart city/energy areas, in which concrete pilot projects have been identified.
The programme began in Chengdu, in which EU cities delegates visited the main development areas of Chengdu (Tianfu and High-Tech Zone).
In the second day, EU cities delegates, as well as representatives from over 10 Chinese cities and 50 business & research institutes, participated in a tailored EU-China forum on smart city and innovation. At the event, three panel-discussions were held dealing with sectors, projects and innovative actors of the involved stakeholders within the EU-China international urban cooperation (IUC).
The IUC smart city and innovation workshop was a side event of the Chengdu Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair (GIEF).
The delegation then traveled to Liuzhou for targeted field visits and meetings, with a special focus on smart city, manufacturing (especially automobile industry), renewable energy, technology innovation and vocational education. Site visits were undertaken to Liuduong New District and to the Northern Ecological District.
Several MoUs were signed between representatives from the EU cities, business and research community.
Summing up, in Chengdu and Liuzhou the delegation met with the local authorities, representatives from business and research. They were also able to visit the high-tech zones or industrial parks. Several exchange / matching opportunities with local businesses and research representatives were arranged.
Based on the results of the visit, the Urban Cooperative Action Plans (UCAPs) are being developed by the cities representatives and the thematic cluster managers. The UCAPs contain the main pilot projects and elaborate on the means to implement them.
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