Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, began a three-day visit to Shanghai Sunday (August 25-27, 2019) accompanied by a 50-strong delegation of representatives from politics, business, science and culture. Tschentscher and XU Kunlin, Deputy Mayor of Shanghai, signed a Memorandum of Understanding sealing co-operation between Hamburg and Shanghai from 2019-2020. Apart from closer collaboration in business and science, the duo also laid plans for co-operation in digital city development. Hamburg has also invited Shanghai to become partner of the 2021 Port of Hamburg anniversary celebrations.
Opportunities for science and research
Both Hamburg and Shanghai face similar challenges including improved climate protection and mobility in their urban centres and to shape society’s digital transformation positively. The delegation visited companies and cultural institutions such as the “Campus Forum Hamburg-Shanghai” and exchanged views on scientific and research opportunities for modern cites. Representatives of the University of Hamburg and DESY presented the new Science City Bahrenfeld to Chinese experts.
Traffic concepts for sustainable urban growth
Tschentscher opened the “3rd Shanghai-Hamburg Business Forum” on Monday (August 26, 2019) and stressed the importance of innovative transport concepts. “As the venue for the ITS World Congress 2021, Hamburg is becoming a model city of mobility in future. We are already testing tomorrow’s mobility today with an inner-city test route for autonomous driving, digital traffic control and intelligent building site co-ordination,” Tschentscher pointed out. Chinese cities are also pioneering the launch of innovative mobility concepts.
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