Congress Report

“Guizhou Sub-Forum on Ecological Civilization and Environmental Protection of the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress” was held.

For the working level officials from the member governments, Guizhou Province held the “Guizhou Sub-Forum on Ecological Civilization and Environmental Protection of the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress” online with the theme of “Green Economy Promotes High-Quality Regional Development”, with the co-organizer, Nara Prefecture. Nara Prefecture set up a satellite venue of the forum in Nara Prefecture.

1. Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 from 15:00 to 17:00

2. Theme: “Green Economy Promotes High-Quality Regional Development”

3. Organizer: Guizhou Province, China Co-Organizer: Nara Prefecture

4. Venue: (1) Guizhou Venue: Foreign Affairs Office of Guizhou Province, China

               (2) Nara Venue: Nara Kasugano International Forum IRAKA

                     Conference Room 1&2 (the satellite venue)
5. Program

 ○ Opening Speech

     Greetings from the Host Cai Chaolin, Vice Governor of Guizhou Province

     (Video Message)

     Greetings from the Co-Host ARAI Shogo, Governor of Nara Prefecture (Video Message)

 ○ Keynote Speech

    “Green Economy Promotes High-Quality Regional Development”

    Lecturer: Hu Jicheng, Deputy Secretary of Leading Party Group,

    Deputy Director-General, Guizhou Provincial Department of Agriculture

    and Rural Affairs

 ○ Case Presentation by the Member Governments

    (1) Chengdu Municipal City, Sichuan Province, China

       “Green and Low-Carbon Development Patterns in Chengdu”

       Tang Yan, Associate Researcher, Institute of Urban-Rural Integration,

       Chengdu Academy of Social Sciences

    (2) Nara Prefecture, Japan

       “Measures by Nara Prefecture for a Decarbonized Society”

        Hiroyuki Shiomi, Director of Water Cycle, Forest,

        Landscape and Environment Department, Nara Prefecture, Japan

    (3) Dunhuang Municipal City, Gansu Province, China

       “Cultural Empowerment and Green Zero-Carbon Propel Transformation Continuing

        the Resplendence of the Thousand-year-old Ancient City on the Silk Road”

        Zhu Jianjun, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Dunhuang Municipal Committee

        and Mayor of Dunhuang

    (4) West Java Province, Indonesia

        “Green Economy”

        Dr. Ir. Prima Mayaningtias, M.Si.,Head of the Environment Agency of West Java

        Province

    (5) Q&A

 ○ Special Guest Speech

      Xue Jian,Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Osaka

 ○ Closing Speech by Organizer

      Jiang Hong,Party Member of Guizhou Foreign Affairs Office, Full-Time Vice President

      of Guizhou People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries

 ○ Photo Session

◆ Participants
At the satellite venue: the Member Governments from Japan (6 organizations, 27 people)
Online Participants: the Member Governments from Japan and Overseas (33 organizations,96 people)

Total: 37 organizations, 123 people

* 2 local governments attended at both the satellite venue and online.

【Member Governments】
 - China: Jiangsu Province, Anhui Province, Guizhou Province, Shaanxi Province, Chengdu

     City, Xi’an City, Luoyang City, Yangzhou City, Suzhou City, Weifang City, Linyi City,

     Dongying City, Dujiangyan City, Dunhuang City

 - Indonesia: Province of West Java

 - Philippines: Municipality of Baler

 - Korea: Gyeonggi-do Province, Chungcheongnam-do Province, Gyeongju City

 - Vietnam: Viet Tri City

 - Japan: Ishikawa Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture, Wakayama

     Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture, Tokushima Prefecture, Kagawa Prefecture, Kumamoto

     Prefecture, Tagajo City, Kofu City, Nara Prefecture, Kashihara City, Miyake Town,

     Koryo Town
【Special Members】
 Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Osaka, Japan External Trade

 Organization (JETRO), UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific

◆ Main Points of Lectures

 ○ Keynote Speech by Guizhou Province

 ・Guizhou Province is suitable for comprehensive development of general agriculture.

      Based on their principle that “Clear water and green mountains are worth as much

      as gold and silver mountains”, they have developed a series of green technologies

      which include the reuse of recycled agricultural waste and the reduction and

      optimization of chemical fertilizers and agricultural chemicals.

 ・Modern Agricultural development is an important step for high-quality development in

      Guizhou Province. By the matching methods to their communities, they are developing

      modern agriculture and protecting traditional agricultural culture using high

      technology.

 ・If the spirit of environmentally friendly sustainable resource development takes root in

      Guizhou Province, they believe that Green Agriculture development will flourish in the

      future.

○ Summary of Case Presentations by Member Governments

 ・Chengdu City is promoting the development of a green economy by promoting change

      to their energy structure to build a green and low-carbon energy system.

 ・Nara Prefecture promotes a decarbonized society though two policies: “Reduction in

      greenhouse gas emissions” and “Increase in carbon sinks”.

 ・Based on the philosophy “Abundant nature is the resource of wealth,”Dunhang City

      promotes the development of their new energy industry by using abundant solar

      energy.

 ・To tackle the waste management problem in West Java Province, they are processing

      waste with modernized technology, building the final processing sites, establishing

      waste banks, and providing waste management education.

 

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    Video Speech by Vice Governor Cai                            Video Speech by Governor ARAI

        from Guizhou Province                                                  from Nara Prefecture

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Keynote Speech by Lecturer Hu Jicheng,                        Case Presentation by Nara

Deputy Secretary of Leading Party Group,                     Prefecture  (the Director of the   

Deputy Director-General, Guizhou Provincial                  Water Cycle, Forest, Landscape   

Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs                   and Environment Department)

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              Case Presentation                                                             Q&A

     by West Java Province, Indonesia


We will have the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress Panel Exhibition!

We will look back at the histories and circumstances of the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress’s establishment. Please come to the Exhibition!

 

 1.Date and Time

July 27th (Wed.) – July 31st (Sun.), 2022

From 9:00 to 20:00

 

2.Place

Nara Prefectural Library and Information Center,

2nd Floor, in front of the Seminar Room

(1000, Nishi 1-chome, Daianji, Nara City)

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We will have the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress Panel Exhibition!

We will look back at the histories and circumstances of the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress’s establishment. Please come to the Exhibition!

 

  1. Date and Time

January 31st, 2022 (Mon.)  From 12:00 to 17:15

February 1st, 2022 (Tue.)   From  8:30 to 17:15

February 2nd, 2022 (Wed.)  From  8:30 to 17:15

February 3rd, 2022 (Thu.)  From  8:30 to 17:15

February 4th, 2022 (Fri.)   From  8:30 to 15:00

 

 2.   Place

The Rooftop Gallery in the Nara Prefectural Office

(30 Noboriojicho, Nara City)

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“The Economy and Industry Section Meeting in 2021” related to the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress was held.

  For the member governments from Japan and overseas, we held “the Economy and Industry Section Meeting” with the theme of “Promoting Local Economies with a Focus on the Post-Pandemic” with the co-organizer, West Java Province, who will be the host of the 11th East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress in 2022.

1. Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 13:30 to 16:30

2. Discussion Theme: “Promoting Local Economies with a Focus on the Post-Pandemic”

3. Organizer: Nara Prefecture Co-Organizer: West Java Province

4. Venue: Nara Prefectural Convention Center, Meeting Room 205 & 206
               (Hybrid Online Meeting)

5. Program:
○ Opening
    Greetings from ARAI Shogo, the Governor of Nara Prefecture (Recorded Video Message)
○ Keynote Speech and Q&A (Online Live-Streaming)
 “Promoting Local Economies with a Focus on the Post-Pandemic
         ~Analyzing the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Future of the East Asian Local 

                                                                                             Governments from Data~”
     MOTANI Kosuke (Chief Senior Economist, the Japan Research Institute, Ltd.)
○ Case Presentation by the Member Governments (Online)
  (1) West Java Province, Republic of Indonesia
         “Strategy for West Java's Economy Recovery During the Pandemic”
          SETIAWAN Wangsaatmaja, Regional Secretary
    (2) Shaanxi Province, People’s Republic of China
         “Circumstance of Ecology/Environment Protection and Economy and Industry

                     Development, and Efforts to Optimize Business Environment in Yulin City”
         Wang Huasheng, Vice Mayor
    (3) Guizhou Province, People’s Republic of China
         “An Opportunity to Develop the Tea Industry in the COVID-19 Era”
          Zhang Hanlin, Chairman and Director General, Foreign Affairs Office and Chinese

          Communist Party Group
          Hu Jicheng, Vice Chariman and Deputy Director-General [Director-General Level],

          Provincial Department of Rural and Agricultural Affairs and Chinese Communist

          Party Group)  
   (4) Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China
        “Post Pandemic Support for Development in Commercial Trade and Tourism  

         Industry in Chengdu City”

         Li Li, Vice President, Chengdu People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign

         Countries

         Zhou Hai Bo, the Head of International Exchange Cooperation Division, Chengdu

         Municipal Bureau of Culture, Broadcast-TV, and Tourism
    (5) Chungcheongnam-do Province, Republic of Korea
         “Post-Pandemic Regional Diplomatic Trade Led by Chungcheongnam-do”
         Hong Man-pyo, Director, International Cooperation & Trade Division
    (6) Koryo Town, Nara Prefecture, Japan
         Industry Support and Sustainable Regional Economy Formation Based on the  

         “Small and Medium Enterprises and Small-Scale Businesses Promotion Basic

                                                                                                              Regulation”

         KURIYAMA Yukari, Deputy Director General, Project Department
   (7) Q&A Session and Exchange of Opinions
○ Summary by Lecturer
○ Greetings from Co-Organizer Mochamad Ridwan Kamil, the Governor of West Java

    Province (Recorded Video Message)
    Screening of the West Java Province’s Video
○ Closing Greetings MURAI Hiroshi, the Vice Governor of Nara Prefecture and Group

    Photo Session

◆ Participants
On Site Participants: The Member Governments from Japan 10 organizations, 42 people
Online Participants: The Member Governments from Japan and Overseas 73  

                                                                                          organizations, 187 people
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  Total 79 organizations, 229 people
* Including 4 local governments who participated in the Section Meeting both at the site and online.

【Member Governments】
   ・China: Jiangsu Province, Anhui Province, Guizhou Province, Shaanxi Province, 

                    Chengdu City, Xi’an City, Yangzhou City, Suzhou City, Weifang City, Linyi

                    City, Dongying City, Dujiangyan City, and Dunhuang City
  ・Indonesia: Province of West Java and Province of Yogyakarta Special Region
  ・Malaysia: Melaka State
  ・Philippines: Municipality of Baler
  ・South Korea: Gyeonggi-do Province, Chungcheongnam-do Province, Gongju City,

                             Seosan City, Buyeo County, Jeollanam-do Province, and Gyeongju

                             City
  ・Vietnam: Phu Tho Province
  ・Japan: Yamagata Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture, Niigata Prefecture, Toyama

                   Prefecture, Ishikawa Prefecture, Fukui Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture, 

                   Shizuoka Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture,

                   Shimane Prefecture, Tokushima Prefecture, Kagawa Prefecture, Kochi

                   Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture, Tagajo City, Kofu City, Takayama City,

                   Nara Prefecture, Tenri City, Kashihara City, Gose City, Katsuragi City,

                   Miyake Town, Koryo Town and Shimoichi Town

【Special Members】
   Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), Japan External

       Trade Organization(JETRO), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),

       UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNWTO)


【Guests】
   Indonesia: Bandung Regency, Bogor Regency, Ciamis Regency, Cianjur Regency, 

                       Cirebon Regency, Garut Regency, Karawang Regency,

                       Majalengka Regency, Pangandaran Regency, Purwakarta Regency,

                       Subang Regency, Sukabumi Regency, Sumedang Regency,

                       Tasikmalaya Regency, West Bandung Regency, Bandung City, Bekasi City, 

                       Bogor City, Cimahi City, Cirebon City, Depok City, Sukabumi City, and 

                       Tasikmalaya City

       Japan: Ehime Prefecture

【Lecture and Summary by Lecturer】
○ Comparing the COVID-19 infected cases per million people, the average of the last 

    week in Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam,

    Australia, and New Zealand was small (between 0.1 and 170 people per day)

    compared to the average of the last week in the US and EU (between 252 and 374

    people per day). Based on this, we can say that the areas of East Asia and Oceania

    are relatively strong against COVID-19.

○East Asia has advantages against the pandemic, for example, regional characteristics 

   such as culture and religion, individual efforts to carry out self-isolation, and efforts by

   medical and governance agencies.

○In the future, Japan, South Korea, and Southeast Asia plant to reopen to international 

   exchange as the COVID-19 pandemic is ending. However, on the other hand, China

   might have difficulties reopening because they have effectively lowered their case

   numbers.

○Today’s case presentations and opinion exchanges by the local governments gave us

   all to have hope for the recovery of local economies and industries in the future. It is

   my hope that large industries, which have global competitiveness, and small

   industries, which are regionally based in their own culture will develop together.

 

 

          

 [Video Message from Governor ARAI][Keynote Speech by Lecturer MOTANI]

 

 

          

      [Nara Venue: Nara Prefectural Convention Center]   [West Java Venue: The Trans Luxury Hotel Bandung]

 

The Online Meeting with the Governor of West Java Province, Indonesia regarding holding the 11th East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress in 2022.

 Our governor exchanged opinions with Mr. Ridwan Kamil, the Governor of the West Java Province regarding the 11th East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress, which was postponed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 from 15:00 to 15:30
Participants: Governor ARAI Shogo and Mr. Ridwan Kamil, the Governor of West Java Province

(Mr. Ridwan Kamil, the Governor of West Java Province)
- The spread of COVID-19 in West Java Province was very severe situation in July and the bed occupancy rate (BOR) was over 90%. However, the present BOR has dropped to 20%. The West Java Province vaccination program has been carried out for vaccinating 37 million West Java people. The 80% of Indonesian people will be vaccinated in December, 2021.
- The pandemic in Indonesia will calm down and we will proceed to recover situation steadily. Therefore, I am confident that I can hold the congress and welcome you in West Java Province in November, 2022.
- I would like to focus on the post pandemic governance and economy and discuss the future of East Asia during the 11th Congress. Let’s continue to cooperate with each other.

 

(Mr. ARAI Shogo, the Governor of Nara Prefecture)
- I fully support your decision, which is to hold the face-to-face congress on site based on your deep understanding of the congress purpose even though the 11th congress is postponed for about two years.
-The Delta variants of COVID-19 are raging all over Japan and the numbers of infected cases are increasing again. However, I look forward to seeing you and the member governments to share wisdom of the local governments including Indonesia, China and South Korea in Bandung City in 2022.

 

We had the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress Panel Exhibition!

We had the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress Panel Exhibition at the Entrance Hall on the 2nd floor of the Nara Prefectural Library and Information Center from Tuesday, July 27th to Sunday, August 1st, 2021! We would like to express our gratitude for your coming.

◆ Click here for details of the Panel Exhibition
 

We will have the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress Panel Exhibition!

We will look back at the histories and circumstances of the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress’s establishment. Please come to the Exhibition!

 

(1) Date and Time

    July 27th (Tue.) – August 1st (Sun.), 2021

    From 9:00 to 20:00

 

(2)  Place

      Nara Prefectural Library and Information Center,

      2nd Floor, the Entrance Hall

      (1000, Nishi 1-chome, Daianji, Nara City)
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The 2nd Postponement of the 11th East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress.(To be hosted by West Java Province, Indonesia)

    Regarding the congress, which will be held by West Java Province, Indonesia this year, it was originally planned to be held in November, 2020, and postponed to November, 2021 due to the COVID-19.

    However, the situation surrounding the COVID-19 infection is still in a severe state in East Asian countries and each country has restrictions to travel abroad, hence it is difficult to hold the international congress offline on-site.

    Considering all circumstances, we have discussed with the host of the congress, West Java Province, and we reached the conclusion that we should forgo holding the congress offline this year and postpone it again for about one year.

    We will continue to rearrange with West Java Province in order to hold a fruitful offline congress in Bandung City, West Java Province in 2022, to discuss the common issues among the member governments and deepen mutual understanding and interactions with each other.

Date: From Thursday, November 11th to Saturday, November 13th, 2021        

             →Postponed again for about one year.
Place: Bandung City, West Java Province, Republic of Indonesia

Organizer: West Java Province, Republic of Indonesia and the “East Asia Local and

Regional Government Congress” Secretariat (Nara Prefecture)

(Comments from the Governor of West Java Province)
He thinks it is important that the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress will be held offline and the member governments will gather and discuss in person on-site. However, West Java Province has the highest population in Indonesia, and is a buffer zone to the capital, Jakarta, therefore he judged that it is not a suitable time for all members to travel safely to Indonesia and participate in the congress in November 2021. He sincerely hopes that this pandemic will come to an end soon and I look forward to seeing all member governments in Bandung City in Indonesia in 2022.


Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province in the People’s Republic of China has become a new member.

   Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province in the People’s Republic of China has become a new member of the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress as of May 10th, 2021.

   As a result, the Congress now has 75 local and regional government members from 7 nations.

   Dujiangyan City has an ancient irrigation system, Dujiangyan, which was built more than 2200 years ago, Mount Qingcheng, which is the birth place of Taoism, and it is particularly famous for having a habitat for pandas. (The “Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System” were registered as world cultural heritage sites in 2000.)
Currently, Dujiangyan City has friendly relations with 25 cities and deep interests in interacting with local governments, therefore they became a new member of the congress.

   We are continuing to promote the new member government’s admissions to the congress for further fruitful development. Therefore, we would appreciate all member governments’ cooperation and support.

Click here for the Overview of Dujiangyan City.


We will have the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress Panel Exhibition!

We will look back at the histories and circumstances of the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress’s establishment. Please come to the Exhibition!

 

 (1) Date and Time
  February 15th, 2021 (Mon.) From 12:00 to 17:15
  February 16th, 2021 (Tue.)  From 8:30 to 17:15
  February 17th, 2021 (Wed.) From 8:30 to 17:15
  February 18th, 2021 (Thu.)  From 8:30 to 17:15
  February 19th, 2021 (Fri.)  From 8:30 to 15:00

(2) Place
  The Rooftop Gallery in the Nara Prefectural Office
  (30 Noboriojicho, Nara City)
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