The 3rd Urban innovation seminar was co-held by Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Guangzhou People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Asia-pacific Innovation Economic Research Institute of Guangdong in Beijing from April 24 to 25 with the purpose of enlarging the eye scope of Chinese cities for international exchanges, increasing their knowledge to the rules and procedures of international organizations and awards, especially the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (Guangzhou Award) and promoting the best practices of urban innovation in the world. Madam Lin Yi, the Vice-president of CPAFFC attended the meeting and delivered a speech. Representatives from 8 cities, including Guangzhou, Harbin, Shenyang, Wuhan, Ji'nan, Nanning, Xiamen and Yiwu, attended the seminar.
The Guangzhou Award is the first international award named after Chinese city. This biannual award solicits urban innovation practices of cities and local governments around globe and its fourth cycle officially kicked off at the beginning of this year. At present, all preparation and accept applications are well underway.
The fourth cycle of Guangzhou Award ceremony hosted by CPAFFC, Guangzhou Municipal government, UCLG and Metropolis will be convened this December.