150 mayors gather for 2ndASEAN Mayors Forum in Makassar to discuss pressing urban issues.Sep 9, 2015
Makassar, Indonesia, 8 September 2015– At least 150 mayors from cities in South East Asia region on Tuesday gathered for the 2nd ASEAN Mayors Forum (AMF) 2015 in Indonesia’s eastern city of Makassar, to discuss urban management and ways to improve capacity of their bureaucrats.
The Government of Makassar city jointly hosted the two-day Forum with the United Cities and Local Government Asia Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC), which saw a gathering of mayors from key cities in Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, and Thailand.
The decision to have Makassar as the host city indicates Indonesia’s increased role in South-South and other development cooperation. In line with the theme of the AMF 2015, “Adaptive and Intelligent Cities for Integrated Borderless Economic Region”, the City of Makassar and UNDP have agreed to present a pilot initiative called “Eco-Stalls” at the Forum.
This pilot initiative aims to support local small-businesses in Makassar to adopt a more environmentally friendly business practices. In the longer run, the Government of Makassar City, UNDP, and UCLG-ASPAC are planning to encourage the conversion of traditional stalls to Eco-Stalls.
UNDP will support the establishment of three Eco-Stalls placed at Anjungan Pantai Losari. This is part of UNDP’s support to implement the vision of Makassar city to have ‘greener, cleaner, and smarter’ small businesses.
UNDP’s support on the Eco-Stall is done through a collaboration with UCLG-ASPAC and Government of Makassar City, under the umbrella of the Strengthening Innovative Partnership for Development Cooperation (SIP-DC) project. The SIP-DC Project is a cooperation between UNDP, BAPPENAS and the National Coordination Team for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (NCT-SSTC), funded by UNDP’s Fund for Country-Level Emerging Priorities and Innovation (FCEPI).
Makassar is the fourth biggest city in Indonesia and it acts and a key trading hub to the eastern part of Indonesia. Many goods and services transported to the eastern end of the country are transited in this port city; making the seaside city a bustling region.