Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

Tri-partite Economic Summit in Guangzhou

I attended the third economic summit of the Auckland-Guangzhou-Los Angeles partnership in Guangzhou, having also been at the Auckland event last year.

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Unfortunately LA Mayor Garcetti couldn’t be there, but I met the Homeland Security Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell.

The summit’s focus was on entertainment, urban design, education and health. The LA delegation numbers may have been modest, but Auckland sent 97 and there were more than 400 from the host city.

It was a good opportunity to get across the huge changes taking place in the e-commerce industry, where China leads the world.

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In addition to participating in the Urban planning and Design session (pictured top right), we also toured some of Guangzhou’s efforts to integrate old China with new.

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