Incheon pointed to the reaffirmation of the status of Incheon asa global city and the strengthening of international cooperation as thediplomatic gains from the first trip of Mayor Yoo Jeongbok, who is the eighthelected mayor.
Mr. Yoo visited Singapore and Sidney, and Brisbane, Australia,from September 15th to 22.
This overseas trip was in response to the official invitation tothe 9th Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on DisasterRisk Reduction (APMCDRR) of UNDRR, which is an international disasterresponse organization. The itinerary also included the schedules to promoteIncheon as a candidate city to host the 2025 AP|EC summit and thematerialization of the plan to make Incheon an ultra-top-tier global city.
▲ In the APMCDRR meeting he attended during his first overseastrip, Mayor Yoo reconfirmed that Incheon has become a global city that sharesglobal issues with the world’s major cities. The photo shows Mr. Yoo giving aspeech titled ‘Incheon, a City with Disaster Resilience’ during the 9th APMCDRRhosted by UNDRR at the Brisbane Convention Center, Australia, on the 21st.
As some of the key diplomatic achievements made during thistrip, Mr. Yoo pointed to the reconfirmation of the status of Incheon as aglobal city that shares global issues with the major cities of the world duringthe APMCDRR meeting and reaching a consensus with Sidney and Brisbane tocontinue material cooperations in terms of urban regeneration, disasterresponse, and restoration.
First, “the participation in and a speech during the APMCDRRmeeting gave Incheon an opportunity to share the superior quality of Incheon’sdisaster safety policies and disaster responses of Incheon, which is the firstAsian city to be certified as a UNDRR resilience hub city and improve thereputation of the city,” according to Mr. Yoo.
He added, “As I met the businesspeople of Singapore andAustralia and shared their urban regeneration cases, I could develop thestrategies to make Incheon a global city through the New Hong Kong City andJemulpo Renaissance project and be assured of the successful execution of theseprojects.”
▲ On the 20th, the opening ceremony of APMCDRR was held inBrisbane, Australia.
▲ Mayor Yoo Jeongbok of Incheon attended the 9th APMCDRR meetinghosted by the UNDRR at the Brisbane Convention Center, Australia, on the 21st.
Especially, Mr. Yoo expressed his will by saying, “With the caseof Singapore, we exchanged our opinion on various topics such as the strategiesto build a financial hub in line with the New Hong Kong City project, which isa project to attract the global financial and trade companies that are leavingHong Kong. Based on the successful cases of urban regeneration projects such asthe Darling Harbor and Barangaroo of Australia, I will switch the structure ofthe redevelopment project for the inland port of Incheon into a projectstructure in which Incheon plays a central role and accelerate the progress ofthe said project.”
Also, with regard to the attraction of foreign capital, he said,“I will expand the roles of IFEZ so that the organization could design the quantitativeand qualitative elements of Incheon’s growth into an ultra-top-tier city bymeans of attracting strategic multinational companies and cultivating newindustries, etc.”
▲ Story Bridge at Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane, Australia,which is a former commercial and agricultural district, regenerated into awaterfront space.
He added, “In addition, we will connect the tourism resources ofYeongjeong-do with the New Hong Kong City. By tapping into the unlimited growthpotential of the Open Port and 168 islands, we will develop the core contentsand additional tourism resources in line with the global trends while upgradingthe tourism resources in the old downtown area to the international standard. Alarge-scale theme park will also be developed, as a part of our diverseapproaches, so that Incheon can grow to become an international touristdestination.
With regard to his visit to the APEC Organizer’s office inSingapore to promote Incheon as a candidate city for the ‘2025 APEC,’ Mr. Yoosaid, “I would like to host Incheon’s first summit meeting and make the city aglobal international meeting city as a part of the journey to realize the brandvalues of Incheon, ‘the world’s ultra-top-tier city Incheon where the citizensare happy,’” as he asked for proactive support.