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Brisbane attracts global leaders for international Summit

26 February, 2015

Brisbane is set to have the international spotlight cast on it once again this year when it hosts the 10th Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum in July.

Following the success of last year’s G20 Leader’s Summit, Brisbane will again host a major international summit, this time with an anticipated 1000 business and government delegates from across the world.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today announced the launch of registrations for the Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum, indicating he expected delegates from up to 100 cities this year.

“Already 60 cities from around the world have committed to this year’s Summit, representing a total governed population of 110 million people,” Cr Quirk said.

“Being a world city in 2015 means much more than looking after roads, rates and rubbish, this summit is a vital opportunity for international cities to learn and benefit from each other’s experiences.”

“By hosting this Summit, Brisbane will again provide an international platform for discussion on issues that provide challenges and opportunities for our cities throughout the Asia Pacific region such as innovation, technology and sustainability,” he said.

“Delegates from the 60 cities from across the world already committed to attending the Brisbane Summit include leaders of government and business from across The Americas, Australasia, East Asia, Middle East, North-East Asia South-East Asia and South Asia.”

Cr Quirk said that the Summit’s program would bring together leading world thinkers to explore the theme of Business and Leadership in the Asia Pacific.

“These speakers include Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent Media Group in Beijing, Mr SY Lau, who was recently awarded as Media Person of the Year at the Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity in France,” Cr Quirk said.

“Also speaking at the Summit will be Global publisher and editor-in-chief of Monocle Magazine Tyler Brule, Chief Executive of Optus Allen Lew, as well as the Chairman for Centre of Liveable Cities in Singapore, Dr Liu Thai Ker.

“These presenters join this year’s previously announced keynote speakers, Randi Zuckerberg and Lord Sebastian Coe who will share their wealth of experience with attendees.”

Public Sector Director of Microsoft Australia Michael Gration said the company was proud to be a Principal Corporate Partner of the event and help today’s leaders bring the summit’s vision to life.
“At Microsoft we have a vision of supporting our cities, regions and states to be at the forefront of innovation, to drive future growth and international competitiveness,” Mr Gration said.

“We believe in safer, smarter, healthier, educated and modern cities. That’s why Microsoft launched the CityNext initiative in 2013 – empowering our governments, business and citizens to create more sustainable, prosperous and economically competitive cities.

“With more than 200 partners, we are actively delivering more than 700 solutions worldwide. We are excited by the momentum of CityNext and energised by the opportunities ahead,” he said.

Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier Stirling Hinchliffe said the Queensland Government had been a longstanding supporter of the Asia Pacific Cities Summit.

“The Summit is a significant opportunity to showcase Brisbane and Queensland to foreign provincial governments and accompanying business delegations,” Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier Stirling Hinchliffe said.

“We’re focused on working closely with industry and business in order to create jobs and to grow the economy and partnering with prestigious events like APCS are one of the ways we are helping Queensland to prosper.

“I have no doubt this year’s event will be successful and will lead to further economic opportunities for Brisbane and Queensland.”

Other partners of the summit include:
• Principal Government Partner – Queensland Government
• Major Partner for ‘Global Cities’ – J.P.Morgan
• Major Partner for ‘Digital Cities’ - SingTel-Optus

Some of the new world city issues to be covered at the Summit include:
• Global cities – cultivating cities of talent, creativity and innovation
• Future cities – developing cities and smart communities
• Digital cities – the science and technology behind cities
• Cities for people – clean, green, accessible and inclusive cities.

Brisbane City Council established the summit in 1996 to support Brisbane’s engagement with Asia by connecting leaders of government with enterprise, maintaining international relations and promoting global best practice for sustaining and governing cities.

Urban leaders of business and government will be able to register for the Summit Forum from today.

For more information about the Asia Pacific Cities Summit & Mayors’ Forum, or to register, please visit www.apcsummit.org or call 133 BNE (133 263).



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