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Global Harbor Cities Forum

The harbor has been the meeting grounds of the city and the sea ever since the beginning of the Age of Exploration. Development of harbors began when urbanization and civilization looked to open up the barriers presented by the sea. Cities equipped with harbors thus became important in the writing of history and the various connections all over the world. Cities exist for the people that live in them. Similarly, harbors flourish because of the trade that flows between cities. Cities and harbors have influenced one another due to economic activity and changes in the environment. Now, they require the people to deal with seemingly intractable problems such as pollution, management, energy, disasters, public health, and disease prevention. As a result, the separation of harbors from cities has deepened.

Nevertheless, harbors constitute a part of their cities, which is to say: the barriers separating harbors from cities are not natural but manmade. In recent years, developments in technology and changes to harbor city governance, along with smart technology, green initiatives, and environmental protection, have made possible a solution for the transformation of harbors and the advancement of cities. The ideal relationship between a city and its harbor, that “The city supports the harbor, the harbor allows the city to flourish,” has re-emerged as the barrier between the city and its harbor has toppled, as operation concepts and governance systems have been rebuilt and improved the functionality of harbors, as shores have been refurbished and allowed cities to flourish, and as we as have embraced environmental sustainability.

Kaohsiung’s own experience in the interaction between city and harbor is a perfect exposition of the beauty and the hope that can exist between city and harbor. In 2016, Kaohsiung held the first ever Global Harbor Cities Forum, a venue for the exchange of ideas on harbor cities. Nearly 50 representatives from major harbor cities from around the world and opinion leaders from professional fields discussed industry, tourism, and sustainability with regard to harbors. In the process, they developed many consensuses for cooperation. Now, we are at a crucial juncture in how harbors and cities will cooperate and develop in the future. It is in this light that we will hold the “Global Harbor Cities Forum” on the topic. Here and Beyond: Forces affecting our future. We invite harbor cities from around the world to attend and tie friendly connections, establish real cooperative relationships at all levels, and to consider the limitless possibilities of the harbors of tomorrow—together!

Benefits of the Forum include

Benefits of the Forum include:1.The opportunity to share and discuss experiences with other international harbor cities. 2.The opportunity to showcase successes to an international audience. 3.The opportunity to learn about the economic growth of harbor cities.

Host City—Kaohsiung

Facing the Taiwan Strait on the west and Bashi Channel to the south, Kaohsiung is a beautiful and modern metropolis located in Southern Taiwan. Greater Kaohsiung, with a population of 2.77 million, possesses within its limits a wide variety of natural landscapes and living facilities, making it set to thrive as a new global city.

With its international airport, world-class seaport and high-speed rail, Kaohsiung is easily reachable from anywhere in the world. Access into and within the city is enhanced by the new light-rail system and underground MRT, which have all contributed to turn the city into a center for global production and a springboard for ventures into the global market.

Buoyed by years of continuous e orts from citizens and city government alike, Kaohsiung has advanced from a business-driven, industrial city, into a city of culture, tourism, green spaces and sustainability. The Asia New Bay Area Redevelopment Project on its harbor, is one of the important milestones on this journey. The New Bay Area features 4 major centers (the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, Kaohsiung Port Cruise Terminal, Kaohsiung Music Center and Kaohsiung Main Public Library) and the 1st stage of the light-rail system. These projects have transformed this city-harbor area into a hub for industrial innovation, attracting public and private investment.

Ever since the 2009 World Games, Kaohsiung has been accumulating successful experience in holding remarkable mega events and is more than capable to host major international expos and large conventions, such as the 2018 International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) World Championship and the renown International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress in 2020. With continuous improvement and innovative investments, Kaohsiung continues to evolve, rising from its roots as an industrial manufacturing city into a vibrant and international MICE city. An exciting journey!

Kaohsiung launched the Global Harbor Cities Forum (GHCF) in 2016 as a platform for addressing the sustainable economic growth of harbor cities with the aim of encouraging international cooperation among fellow cities with common issues. Cities learned from and exchanged successful experience with other cities in order to apply fresh approaches towards achieving global prosperity. Kaohsiung is constantly searching for ways of creating new value to let it better serve as an example for its partner global harbor cities.

The City of Kaohsiung is ready and waiting for you!

2022 Global Smart Harbors Forum;

2022 Global Smart Harbors Forum Sea Kaohsiung Sea Kaohsiung Event summary

In 2016, Kaohsiung launched the “Global Smart Harbors Forum Sea Kaohsiung Sea Kaohsiung,” inviting harbor cities from all over the world to participate in this two-day-long biannual event. Today, the forum has established business partnerships with 25 countries worldwide. Concerning the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it devastated the global economy and urban development in 2020, accelerating the application of smart technologies and the speed of digital transformation among industries. In 2022, the Global Smart Harbors Forum Sea Kaohsiung Sea Kaohsiung resumed after a four-year-long suspension, introducing the theme of “creating a century-old smart harbor” and focusing on sustainability and transformation-related topics such as smart harbors, marine technologies, and harbor cities. Junya Maruyama, the director of the Osaka Ports and Harbors Bureau, kicked off the 2022 Global Smart Harbors Forum Sea Kaohsiung Sea Kaohsiung with a speech titled “Port of Osaka Smart Port Project.” On the second day, a city summit discussion where Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai and Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang talked about harbor city transformation was held. A total of 30 domestic and foreign experts and scholars as well as global harbor city representatives were invited to share their in-depth experiences and visions on blue economy and sustainable development, and to create substantive opportunities for cooperation.

“2022 Global Smart Harbors Forum Sea Kaohsiung Sea Kaohsiung” event highlights

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2018 Global Harbor Cities Forum;

Theme & Topics of 2018 GHCF - Here and beyond-Forces affecting our future

Theme & Topics of 2018 GHCF: Youth & New Venture、Smart Technology for Harbor Cities、Green & Healthy Harbor Cities、Ocean Economy、MICE & Tourism.
2018 Global Harbor Cities Forum, 2018.9.25-27 in Kaohsiung Exhibition Center.

2018 Global Harbor Cities Forum Photo Gallery

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2016 Global Harbor Cities Forum;

Discovery of 2016 Global Harbor Cities Forum

The 3-day 2016 GHCF, inaugurated by the Kaohsiung City Government, finally made its grand debut. From 25 countries, including the United States, France, Vietnam, Japan, and Indonesia, came 49 city representatives and speakers who joined at the “Asia New Bay Area” of Kaohsiung City to develop a fresh vision and cooperation for global harbor cities.

The city mayors and representatives signed the “2016 Global Harbor Cities Forum Statement” in the closing ceremony. The results discussed in the panels were also presented in the ceremony and included such issues as “Cooperation of Harbor Cities and Urban Planning, “Industrial Transformation,” “Marine Tourism,” and “Sustainable Development.”

The Statement anticipated that the dialogues and interactions among the harbor cities for exchanging information on the problems they face and finding solutions would persist. The Statement further pointed out that a successful harbor city must link the city and the harbor bureau, and facilitate their cooperation. In order to work with the city, the harbor needs to find the proper framework for city-harbor integration and explore innovation based on existing infrastructure. The Kaohsiung government hopes to develop a more efficient and energetic sustainable harbor city so that it can advance both regional and national development.

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2015 International Harbor Cities Conference;

Discovery of 2015 International Harbor Cities Conference

In preparation for the 「Global Harbor Cities Forum」in 2016, Kaohsiung convened a precursor 「International Harbor Cities Conference」in August 2015 to help strengthen cooperation among harbor cities. We invited internationally renowned harbor city leaders to Kaohsiung to share experiences regarding urban transformation, industrial redevelopment, and creative strategies to enhance harbor cities. Through increased dialogue and cooperation, Kaohsiung hopes to increase investment opportunities and spur economic growth among participating international harbor cities.

Kelli BernardLos Angeles, USA Deputy Mayor of Economic Development

To improve economic efficiency and facilitate cooperation and communication, it is important to strengthen ties between local and global harbor cities in terms of information and resource-sharing.

Active cooperation, through communication and learning, among global harbor cities is beneficial for development. Besides soft and hard equipment, exchanges of professional resources and innovative ideas are also important for cross-city cooperation.

Roland BlumFrance, Marseille Deputy Mayor of Marshille

Potential business opportunities and interests will definitely be considered when undertaking any kinds of cross-city cooperation (including industrial cooperation in all aspects).

A more feasible cooperation between Kaohsiung and Marseille may be the tourism industry. Although there may be a long distance between two harbor cities, it is still possible for two cities to consider the integration of tourism resources and think about a better cooperation model.

Gyung-jin JungBusan, South Korea Deputy Mayor

The ocean economy and development of ocean-related businesses are important issues for global cross-harbor city cooperation. The 2015 international harbor cities conference provides a pathway to foresee the possibilities for future cooperation.

Busan is making great effort to develop its cruise industry. To achieve this goal, the city is collecting information from various harbor cities and seeking opportunities to cooperate. Cooperation across cities can be multi-dimensional, and communication between local and other non-harbor cities is also important. In addition, support and resources from the central government are key to the future development of the city.

Ian MckayVancouver, Canada CEO , Vancouver Economic Commission

The 2015 International Harbor Cities Conference✽ provides an important platform for the city of Vancouver to have a valuable opportunity to share its experience of city transformation and governance with other cities, which is similar to the Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) in terms of the function.

From the year of 1972, Vancouver has gradually transformed itself from a heavily-polluted industrial city to a lifetable and green city. The new face of the city of Vancouver obviously strengthens the city’s development of innovative technology and economic performance. And, this remarkable achievement is mainly based on a well-developed plan of water resources application in the aspects of waterfront development, port infrastructure and city restructuring.

2015 International Harbor Cities Conference Photo Gallery

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