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CDIA Holds City-To-City Learning Workshop In Guiyang, China

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As part of building and enhancing the CDIA Centers of Learning – a network of CDIA-assisted cities that can provide inspirational examples in preparing infrastructure investment projects & securing financing in innovative ways, CDIA and the Guiyang Vocational College organized a workshop on “Investing in China’s Urban Future: Strengthening City-to-City Learning,” 22-23 September in Guiyang City, PR China.

About 50 participants from CDIA’s partner cities in China and other countries in Asia attended and shared their experience on infrastructure development. The workshop focused on specific cases and city experiences, wherein peer cities learned about how fellow cities successfully coped with challenges and change, explored options and variations, and eventually developed systemic solutions to infrastructure development. The participants had an active 2 days of experience sharing sessions, and interactive discussions to exchange ideas and insights.

The participants were given an overview of Guiyang City’s urban development strategy via a site visit to the Guiyang Urban Planning Museum, which creatively documented how plans were turned into actual growth consistent with green designs, decongestion of old sites by creating new districts, and other smart and sustainable city projects.

During the discussions, the Chinese cities gave feedback on how Tangerang’s search for financing for landfill can be addressed. They particularly wanted to know from the Philippine city, Naga, about stakeholder consultation and contribution during project identification and development. Moreover, the cities of Guiyang and Xinyu presented the Urban Water Resources Rehabilitation and LRT Urban Public Transport Project, and the Kongmu River Flood Control and Environmental Management Project and the successful linking to finance via an ADB loan, respectively, which drew a lot of interest from the group.

Both the cities of Guiyang and Xinyu enthusiastically committed to be mentors on their Good Practices in environmental governance to other cities. They are also willing to share and learn with and in cities abroad.

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