Ilsur Metshin welcomes the participants of the United Cities Forum
Cities Forum has started in Kazan. It is held as part of the first
international forum “ROSTKI: Russia and China - mutually beneficial
cooperation.” About 150 representatives of local authorities from all over the
world gathered at one site to exchange best practices.
opened with a meeting at the Kazan City Hall. The plenary session “City diplomacy
as an important factor of development of modern foreign relations” was held
with the participation of Ilsur Metshin, Mayor of Kazan, and Xiang Bo, the Consul
General of China in Kazan.
the participants, Ilsur Metshin noted that the forum brought together heads of
municipalities from more than 50 cities from 14 countries, including China,
Cameroon, Turkey, South Africa, Kazakhstan, etc. Its goal is to strengthen and
develop the ties of countries united by a long history of friendship.
noted that Kazan is an important center of international cooperation.
Representatives of the capital of the republic of Tatarstan actively interact
with Russian and foreign colleagues, more than 60 twinning and partnership
agreements have been concluded. Four more documents are planned to be signed
The city is
becoming the center of many international events. The capital of the republic
of Tatarstan hosted the FIFA World Cup and World Aquatics Championships, and
next year Kazan will host the BRICS summit and the international multi-sports
competition “Games of the Future”.
be impossible to organize these events alone, because we all live in a time
when it is impossible to succeed in isolation. Only by being open to others and
exchanging best practices and cases, we are able to develop and be competitive
both for our residents and for visitors to the city,”- said Ilsur Metshin.
ideas for solving a number of global issues are concentrated in cities, he
added. And the forum will become a platform for sharing this experience.
the Chinese Consul General in Kazan noted that city diplomacy is increasingly
becoming a key platform for the development of international relations,
national exchange and cooperation. It plays an important role in strengthening
the unity and joint development of the countries of the world.
China and Russia
are strategic partners, relations are at the highest level in history,
cooperation is developing in all areas.
personal assistance of the Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin, the city has
established friendly relations with six cities in China, exchanges of
cooperation in various areas are developing rapidly. Representatives of such
cities as Harbin, Hefei, Kaifeng and Qiqihar take part in the forum. This fully
demonstrates the desire of Chinese cities to strengthen cooperation with
Russian cities like Kazan,”- Xiang Bo said.
to him, the BRICS summit will open new opportunities for the capital of the republic
of Tatarstan to expand interregional cooperation. The Consulate General of
China in Kazan is ready to continue to act as a bridge in city diplomacy, to
help the cities of the two countries strengthen cooperation.
forum “ROSTKI: Russia and China - mutually beneficial cooperation” takes place
in Kazan." The program will bring together over three thousand
participants from 20 countries.