Source: Business Standard, Apr 08, 2016
Mumbai will host the BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave from April 14-16. The event is being organized by Mumbai First, a think tank, along with the active support of the Government of India and Government of Maharashtra.The forum has received support from all the partner countries Brazil, Russia (India) China and South Africa.
The Conclave is designed to facilitate meaningful dialogue between various stake holders who partake in shaping the renewal and development of urban areas – the public and private sectors, civil society, and academia.
As many as 75 delegates comprising Governors, City Leaders, Urban Planners, Ministers and experts from across these countries will be attending the inauguration and two day conclave.The theme of the three day conclave is Urban Development and Future of Cities in BRICS countries. In the midst of urbanization posing a mega challenge for cities across the world, cities from developing countries face a common set of challenges and the conclave provides an outstanding platform for leaders from BRICS cities to converge, connect and learn from the experiences of other cities.
State chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told reporters that the conclave will pave way for dialogue in shaping renewal and development of urban areas. ”With growing urbanization, this will be a great platform deliberate and exchange solutions and ideas from cities across the globe,” he said.
The participants will deliberate on the strengthening urban governance, making BRICS cities inclusive, making our cities safe and secure, urban transport: fixing the nerve centre of cities to shift to transit-oriented development, financing city infrastructure, building sustainable cities to improve delivery of urban services, making sustainable and affordable housing a reality and maximizing value through efficient land-use and urban planning.
On the occasion, a special book on Urban Challenges called ‘Making of Vibrant BRICS Cities’ will be released. Over 35 experts on this subject from around the world have contributed to this book.