City of Rome delegation successfully concluded the visit to China
Rome was selected as "pilot city" in the framework of the International Urban Cooperation Programme. The project - promoted and supported by the European Commission - is aimed at establishing synergies and partnerships between the major cities of the world, which will work on developing local action plans on the field of smart cities, energy efficiency, innovation and technology transfer, e-commerce, tourism promotion strategies and policies to improve the reception of visitor flows in different metropolises.
During the official visit in China, the Chinese cities of Tianjin, Zhengzhou and Haikou gave the possibility to the EU delegation to visit their main innovation centers.
On the basis of the method already successfully tested by Rome within the Urbact - Urban Regeneration Programme, the operational plans shared with the eastern cities will test an inclusive process with the stakeholders, such as research institutes, business players, institutions and local communities.
The final aim is the improvement of the quality of life in urban areas, in line with the sustainable development objectives of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Urban Agenda for the European Union.
«The spirit of the exchange is always positive. It becomes even more significant as Rome has just became, with Fiumicino airport, a European gateway for China. There are concrete reasons for the interest of Chinese for the brand of Rome: tourism, commerce, technology and business. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, by 2020 China will be the country with the largest number of tourists abroad. What we want is that they choose Rome as destination. In addition, we aim to stimulate the demand for our production excellence through the most popular online channels in the country. At the same time, it is important to aim to promote the attention to our technological edge in the field of the conservation and restoration of the artistic-cultural heritage. All these inputs can boost the local economic activity and the development of the city», says Carlo Cafarotti, Councilor for Economic Development, Tourism and Job of City of Rome.
The Chinese delegation visit to Rome is scheduled for next autumn.
We publish some pictures of the most significant moments of the visit.
The presentation of the City of Rome Capital
Corina Cre¿u, EU Commissioner on Regional Policy and Giancarlo Defazio, Director of the
Department Development projects and EU funding
The Rome delegation visits Haikou harbour
The European and Chinese delegations in Beijing
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