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   Jul 05

Asia Pacific Cities Summit attracts record number to Brisbane

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will welcome nearly 100 mayors and deputy mayors to Brisbane for the 2015 Asia Pacific Cities Summit. Photo: Chris HydeIt has been billed as the follow-up to Brisbane’s G20, which was held in the Queensland capital last November.
Nanjing Night Net

But while the likes of Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel won’t make the journey to Brisbane, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the 2015 Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum was a bona fide event of global significance.

“The summit is not only a forum for important discussion but a platform for local businesses to meet with the key decision makers of the Asia-Pacific and fast-track their footprint in this rapidly growing market,” he said.

“More than 130 local and international speakers will present on the opportunities and challenges faced by the region’s cities.”

Among the speakers will be former London 2012 Olympics chairman Lord Sebastian Coe, Tencent senior executive SY Lau, Randi Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Zuckerberg Media, and Liu Thai Ker, who Cr Quirk said was regarded as one of the key founders of modern Singapore.

“The Asia Pacific Cities Summit continues to grow in strength and this year sees a record number of mayors and deputy mayors and a record number of cities involved which is directly attributable to the success of last year’s Brisbane G20 event,” Cr Quirk said.

“In the same way that Brisbane welcomed the world in November last year as the host city of the G20 Global Leaders’ Summit, so too do we welcome city representatives from the Asia Pacific and beyond at this summit.”

The 10th APCS, which will open on Sunday afternoon, was set up by Brisbane City Council during the Jim Soorley administration, and the city hosts the biennial event every four years.

This year, it will bring together nearly 100 mayors and deputy mayors from across the world – and not just from the Asia-Pacific.

Cr Quirk said the event was growing with every edition.

“In 2011 there were 36 mayors and deputy mayors, in 2013 there were 46 and this summit we have 95 mayors and deputy mayors from Australasia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas,” he said.

“By comparison the recently held World Cities Summit Mayors Forum in New York had 80 mayors and deputy mayors.

“In 2011 [the last time Brisbane hosted], there were 115 cities represented here in Brisbane and this year that rises to 135 cities.”

The 135 cities represented at the 2015 APCS had a combined population of more than 382 million people.

“The summit is not just about sitting back and listening to interesting speakers,” Cr Quirk said.

“Visiting delegations are coming to Brisbane because they want to do business, seek new partners, opportunities and technologies right here, right now.

“Serious business transactions will be negotiated during the summit and will deliver considerable, ongoing economic benefits for the people of Brisbane.”

The 2015 APCS opening ceremony will be held at City Hall at 4.30pm on Sunday.

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