12th Congress <2023>



  • Date and Time: From Wednesday, October 25th, 2023 to Friday, October 27th, 2023
  • Venue: Linyi Blue Horizon International Hotel, etc. (Linyi City, Shandong Province, China)
  • Organizer: Linyi City, Shandong Province, China
  • Participants (including online participants): 52 local governments from 5 countries (China, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam, and Japan)

China (13)

Anhui Province, Shandong Province, Guizhou Province, Shaanxi Province, Chengdu City, Xi’an City, Luoyang City, Yangzhou City, Huangshan City, Suzhou City, Linyi City, Dongying City, Dunhuang City

Indonesia (2)

West Java Province, Yogyakarta Special Region

South Korea (3)

Chungcheongnam-do Province, Gongju City, Seosan City

Vietnam (4)

Phu Tho Province, Thua Thien Hue Province, Viet Tri City, Hue City

Japan (30)

Aomori Prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture, Ishikawa Prefecture, Fukui Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture, Mie Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture, Tokushima Prefecture, Kagawa Prefecture, Kochi Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, Tagajo City, Arakawa City, Niigata City, Kofu City, Dazaifu City, Kashihara City, Gose City, Katsuragi City, Ikaruga Town, Miyake Town, Tawaramoto Town, Asuka Village, Koryo Town, Shimoichi Town
  • Special Members: 4 organizations <Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific>
  • Observers: 15 non-member local governments and organizations in China <Yulin City, 14 municipalities in Linyi City (Lanshan District, Luozhuang District, Hedong District, Tancheng County, Lanling County, Yishui County, Yinan County, Pingyi County, Fei County, Mengyin County, Junan County, Linshu County, Yihe New District, Gaoxin District)


【Wednesday, October 25th, 2023】

● Bilateral Meetings
● Meeting with Heads of the Delegations 

Greetings between Shandong Province, Linyi City and the delegation heads of the participating local governments.



【Thursday, October 26th, 2023】

●  Photo Session



● Opening Ceremony

  • Greetings by Zhang BaoLiang, Mayor of Linyi City (the host)


  • Greetings by Wang GuiYing, Vice Governor of Shandong Province


  • Greetings by YAMASHITA Makoto, Governor of Nara Prefecture (the secretary general)



● Governors’ and Mayors’ Roundtable
The delegation heads presented their efforts under the theme of “Green and Low-carbon Transformation and Developmen

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● Discussions
The Main Session was carried out with two themes. Some of member governments gave their case presentations to share their circumstances, problems, and efforts.

  • Theme 1: Enhancing regional exchanges and cooperation under the framework of RCEP cooperation  ※RCEP: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement is an agreement between Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, and 10 ASEAN countries. Together, these RCEP participating countries account for about 30% of the global GDP and 30% of the world population. The objective of the RCEP Agreement is to promote trade and investment, and improve supply chain efficiency. The RCEP Agreement will contribute to build an open, faire, and rules-based multilateral trading system.
    MC: Ke Yinbin, Senior Researcher and Secretary General of Charhar Institute

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  • Theme 2: Pursuing high-quality economic and social development by building a modern trade and logistics system
    MC: Li Xiao Dong, Dean of Linyi University Logistics School

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● Investment Trade Culture and Tourism Promotion
Introducing each member government’s own industries, culture, and tourism.




●General Session

  • The Report by the East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress Secretary General (Nara Prefectural Governor YAMASHITA)
    He announced that the 13th Congress will be held by Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province, China at Xi’an City and introduced new member governments (Shiga Prefecture, Japan and Yulin City, Shaanxi Province, China). *Yulin City is planned to join the member government after the 12th Congress.
  • Presentation by the Host of the Next Congress
    Xi’an City, the host of the 13th Congress gave the presentation.
  • Conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding



    Nara Prefecture and Xi’an City concluded the Memorandum of Understanding regarding cooperation and collaboration for holding the 13th  Congress. Presentation by Xi’an City and Conclusion of the MoU


● Representatives’ Press Conference

● Exhibition Booth



【Friday, October 27th, 2023】

● Inspection of Industrial Facilities (Linyi City Wholesale Market, Linyi xinminghui Safety Technology Co., Ltd., etc.)



Linyi City Wholesale Market 

       Linyi xinminghui Safety Technology Co., Ltd.