Extra: Urban Innovation Workshop
This workshop was carried out at the new building of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, located in the Parque Patricios quarter, to take an in-depth look at the case of the Buenos Aires Innovation Board, within the framework of a round of studies that the City of Guangzhou is carrying out amongst the finalist cities for its Urban Innovation award.
Buenos Aires was selected from amongst numerous cities by the Technical Committee of the Guangzhou International Award as it is a leading city in matters of Urban Innovation. In this manner it joined a list of 15 cities which have been finalists for the Canton International Award for Urban Innovation in 2014. The initiative selected was the ‘Innovation and Creativity Board’ which explores new forms of inter-departmental collaboration.
The Workshop was entitled ‘Inter-departmental Collaboration and Urban Governance’ and it involved the participants examining and discussing the case in greater depth. The experience served to learn about the ways in which to strengthen administration in innovation in global cities.
The opening words of welcome were spoken by the Buenos Aites Minister of Modernization, Andrés Ibarra. The workshop began formally with some words by the representative of the city of Guangzhou, Yang Jiancheng, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Subsequently there were interventions by Tomás Kroyer, Director General of International Relations and Co-operation of the City of Buenos Aires; Alain Le Saux, Secretary-General of METROPOLIS, and Josep Roig, Secretary-General of UCLG. The workshop concluded with some comments by He Yanling, professor of the School of Governance of the University of Sun Yat-Sen and a representative of the Guangzhou International Award.
The workshop culminated with a walkabout in the area surrounding the building, so that the participants could observe some examples of urban innovation carried out and promoted by the Innovation Board.