A new interregional exchange took place between 15 and 19 October under Component 3 of the European Union’s International Program on Urban Cooperation (IUC), as a delegation from the Aburrá Valley (Colombia) traveled to the Nord-Est Romani region (Romania) to meet with his team. The objective of the meeting was to identify opportunities that allow the establishment of collaborative relations between the regions on topics of common interest, such as mobility, smart cities, entrepreneurship and territorial management.
After a traditional meeting between the delegations and the presentation of the region by the Romanian representative, the Colombian delegation visited the city of Piatra Neamt, where it had the opportunity to know its plan of intelligent cities, its RIS3 project that promotes the specialization of projects and their incubators of enterprises and projects.
The delegation then met the city of Suceava, where the Romanian delegation presented its mobility and electric transport plan to its par. They also visited a dam on the border with Moldova to learn about the energy system used in construction.
The Colombian delegation also visited the Romanian city of Lasi, the capital of Nord-Est-Romani, where they met the city’s top officials, including the mayor, who presented their territorial management, urban development and unique geological and geographical features.
Infyde’s political consultant, Pilar Gomez, said after the visit that “We have seen in Romania different fields and areas in which we can work together with the Aburrá Valley, in support of entrepreneurship in sustainable development, metropolitan policies in support of Intelligent Cities, and monitoring of the environment. “.
The delegation of Colombia was formed by the Aburrá Valley Mobility Advisor, Donald Street, the Intelligent Cities project information systems managers Lisbet Garzón and Elizabeth Zapata, the risk management office geologist Mario Gil and the representative of the Sub-Directorate for International Cooperation, Aura Camila Giraldo.
During the visit, important themes were identified that will mark the cooperation between these two regions. Firstly, the RIS3 Project, which seeks to strengthen the strengths of the regions through specialization models in several areas. Secondly, the Romanian region will inspire the Colombian and the latter will seek to boost the economic capacity of the region. As a result of the meeting, strategies related to the Smart Cities will also be implemented in the Colombian region, which will allow better management of urban growth, mobility and solid waste management in the territory.
The regions were satisfied with the visit and concluded that for the second meeting they will continue to work on and deepen the points of interest identified by both delegations.
Sobre o IUC
The International Program on Urban Cooperation (IUC) for Latin America and the Caribbean in its inter-region exchange component aims to support the regions in six Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico) to connect with European regions and share or develop common solutions to stimulate innovation and competitiveness as well as the insertion of regions into the world production chains. The Community Initiative revolves around three main pillars: co-operation between cities, which will provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and best practices on specific issues of urban development, the establishment of the Global Pact of Mayors for Climate and Energy, and for Latin America, a program of exchange between regions to stimulate regional economic development through innovation, competitiveness and intelligent specialization.
Sobre o IUC-LAC (América Latina e Caribe)
This is the chapter for Latin America and the Caribbean of the IUC Global program. With a budget of more than 5 million euros and three years in duration, 20 cities from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru will be chosen; and 20 regions of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru for collaborations with their European counterparts. The Global Compact of mayors for Climate and Energy will be established in 20 countries in the region.