On September 9, Daegu Mayor Kim Bum-il concluded an exchange and cooperation MOU with Gwangju Mayor Kang Un-tae and Daejeon Mayor Yum Hong-chul for win-win development of the three inland foothold cities at Gwangju Metropolitan City Hall.
The MOU is designed to pursue promotion of friendship for win-win growth of the three metropolitan cities based on confidence.
Under the MOU, Daegu, Gwangju and Daejeon agreed to cooperate in making a common response to major regional pending issues, including International Science Business Belt and Innopolis, substantially-linked cooperation & support for academic exchanges in the fields of culture, athletics, youth and welfare.
The three cities also agreed to cooperate in joint hosting of events, common support for publicity of and participation in various large-scale events to be held in the respective regions, identification and promotion of common cooperation tasks in all municipal administration areas, including economy, education and culture, and exchanges in administrative policy, including sharing of excellent policies. A joint working-level committee will be organized for implementation of the MOU.
At the MOU signing ceremony, Gwangju Mayor Kang said, "In the 16 years since the launch of popularly-elected local autonomous administrations, we, three inland cities, have joined hands for the first time. This is an event of great significance." He explained the background of the MOU, adding "Our three cities are similar in several aspects, such as having a special R&D district, innopolis, R&D-centric university like KAIST, and the recent International Science Business Belt.
Gwangju will receive transfer of know-how regarding the 2003 Summer Universiade from Daegu for its 2015 Summer Universiade and learn high-tech science knowhow from Daejeon.
Daegu Mayor Kim remarked, "This is a historic venue for exchanges among Gwangju, Daegu and Daejeon. For success of the International Science Business Belt from the perspective of balanced national development, exchanges among our three cities and the pooling of strengths and energies together are very important."
Daejeon Mayor Yum explained, "In Korean society, regionalism and regional animosity have been historical facts. The academic community has endeavored to resolve these problems, but failed. Solidifying conciliation through extensive cooperation is highly meaningful in the political history of our country."
The three cities plan to accelerate the central government's promotion of pending projects through cooperation in the fields of science & technology, special R&D district, science belt projects, etc.