Urban Innovation

Urban Innovations: 61

Connecting Secondary Cities: Enhancing Connectivity within Systems of Cities in the Asia Pacific Region

Day 2 – Wednesday, 16 October 2019
15:30 - 17:00
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Nora Steurer
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Lead Organization
APEC Secretariat Policy Support Unit
Partner Organizer(s)
  • Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
  • Cities Alliance
Lead Organizer(s)

The globalisation of free trade and investment in the 1980s-90s led to a strong focus on nations and cities becoming more competitive, fostering economic development of cities. However, with the emergence of the sharing economy and critical global challenges such as climate change, there is now the need for a more collaborative approach to addressing common environmental problems and reducing transaction costs to business in gaining access to common user services. These phenomena are bringing about a more collaborative and shared approach to managing urban development, trade and production.  Enhancing connectivity within systems of cities will be crucial to supporting sustainable economic growth and development, and to addressing the growing inequities in the development of cities across the region.  

This Event will share innovative approaches adopted by some cities in Asia-Pacific to improve connectivity within national and international systems of cities to increase trade, investment, knowledge flows and cultural exchanges.  Examples will be shared of approaches by cities to create networks, partnerships, associations and sharing arrangements to support sustainability of urban development and management.  These initiatives have helped increase productivity, competitiveness, reduce transaction costs and access to common use of services for business, government, and communities, resulting in new approaches to collaborative governance marketing, information sharing, trade, innovation and creativity within and between cities of the region. The event will provide an opportunity for participants to explore ways in which cities in the region can work more collaboratively to become smarter, more creative and inclusive in conducting business, managing urban development and governance.

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