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Living for the city

Global leaders' summit in St George's Hall talks austerity to posterity

Published on June 17th 2014.

Living for the city

LEADERS from some of the world’s biggest cities (and Dave Pichilingi from Liverpool Sound City) will take part in a keynote debate in Liverpool this week as part of the International festival For Business.

The subject: urban evolution and growth from the age of austerity to prosperity.

According to the World Health Organisation, seven out of every 10 people worldwide will live in an urban area by 2050. Already,  the majority of the world’s population lives in a city.

The BT Global City Leaders’ Summit will explore "the obstacles and opportunities of the international metropolitan revolution" - all rounded off by a Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by our Vasily.

At the event, which is taking place at St George’s Hall tomorrow (Wednesday 18 June), the Rt. Hon. Greg Clark M.P., UK Government Minister of State for Cities, will offer a UK government perspective on cities and growth, to an audience of over 300 delegates coming from all corners of the globe.

He will be joined by leaders from some of the world’s premier cities, including Shanghai, Beijing, Istanbul, Beirut, Bogota, Quito and Rabat, among others.

They will discuss the critical challenges faced by metropolitan hubs around the world and the important role of cities in driving global economic growth.

Speakers at the event will include:

·         Gavin Patterson, CEO, BT Group Plc
·         Bruce Katz, Vice President, Brookings Institution, Washington D.C
·         Professor Michael Parkinson CBE, University of Liverpool, Chair
·         David Pichilingi, CEO, Sound City
·         Bilal Hamad, Mayor of Beirut
·         Kadir Topbas, Mayor of Istanbul, President of UCLG
·         Gustavo Petro, Mayor of Bogotá
·         Ms. Zhao Wen, Vice Mayor of Shanghai
·         Fathallah Oualalou, Mayor of Rabat, Treasurer of UCLG
·         Maty Mint Hamady, Mayor of Nouakchott
·         Catherine Cullen, Deputy Mayor of Lille, Chair of UCLG Committee  on Culture & UCLG Representative
·         Liu Jigang, Vice Chairman of Standing Committee of Beijing   Municipal People’s Congress
·         Joe Anderson OBE, Mayor of Liverpool

The summit will also include a session about the role of culture in a city economy, with a panel that includes the multi-award-winning chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko.

Maty Mint HamadyMaty Mint Hamady: Mayor
of Nouakchott
Gavin Patterson, CEO, BT Group Plc, who is speaking on the power of communications, commented: “It’s testimony to the ambition of the Festival that so many leaders from the world’s capital cities are gathering in one place to discuss the obstacles and opportunities of urban development and growth around the world.

“We are delighted to be welcoming these city leaders to Liverpool for one of the headline events of the International Festival for Business 2014, the biggest event of the year in the international business calendar, which we are proud to be supporting.”

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “Cities are engines of growth and they are critical to the global economic recovery. This summit is one of the highlights of the festival, where we will debate the powers and responsibilities our cities need to deliver the best economic future for our communities.

“Importantly leaders from major cities across the UK will join us in Liverpool, helping  strengthen our relationships and joint work to ensure that it is not just London and the south east that are boosting the UK’s prospects, but the regions as well.”

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