Photo: Barcelona City Council

Photo: Barcelona City Council

Last modified: 26/11/2012

Barcelona City Council signs cooperation agreements with Dublin, Seoul, Buenos Aires and Hong Kong

Barcelona reaffirms bilateral relations with cities around the world to activate different sectors such as urbanism, eGovernment and smart cities.

With the signing of the respective cooperation agreements Barcelona City Council has reaffirmed institutional cooperation in the areas of urbanism, the application of new technologies in eGovernment and in the management of the city as well as the development of smart cities. 

Similarly, Dublin, Seoul and Buenos Aires have also signed the City Protocol Society agreement, the worldwide society created in Barcelona on 13th November to promote the development of intelligent cities. This initiative counts with the support of over 50 cities, companies and research centres.

Renewed agreement with Seoul

On 12th November Mayor Xavier Trias signed a cooperation agreement with the Mayor of SeoulWon Soon Park, in which both cities agree to reinforce bilateral relations for the next three years. The agreement includes mutual support in aspects such as investment and economic activities together with sectors such as commerce, the environment, sports, tourism, education and culture.

Reinforcement of relations with Dublin, a twin city

Two day late, on 14th November, Trias met with the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí. The two mayors agreed to intensify relations between the two cities, twinned since 1998 and with allegiances for collaboration in economic promotion, culture, tourism and information systems. Ó Muirí showed an interest in aspects such as the management of tourism in Barcelona, the application of new technologies to culture or the model for the creation and support to companies and entrepreneurs developed by Barcelona Activa.

The Argentinean capital backs collaboration with Barcelona

On the same day, the deputy Mayor for Urban Housing of Barcelona City Council, Antoni Vives, signed an agreement for cooperation and good intentions with Buenos Aires. The document backs participation and cooperation between the respective governments for sustainable development, technological links, urban infrastructure, the environment, economy and mobility. 

Hong Kong seafront takes a cue from the Barcelona Port model

Finally, on 17th November, the Mayor and Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Region Government, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngo, signed a friendship and cooperation agreement between the two administrations. The aim was to reinforce and deepen cooperation in the field of urbanism, and especially to agree to cooperation in the planning and development of the Hong Kong seafront based on the Barcelona model.

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