Bangkok to host Asian Mayors Forum


BANGKOK, Nov 15 – Thailand’s capital Bangkok will host the third Asian Mayors Forum (AMF) later this month to support the exchange of experiences, opinions in making the cooperative network between Bangkok and other cities of Asia. 

The third meeting is scheduled at the Plaza Athenee Hotel from Nov 27-30 under the theme “Local Governance: Urban Initiatives for Progress and Justice”.

About one hundred leaders and executives from AMF member cities are expected to attend the meeting with a total number of about 300 participants.

“It is a forum for Asian cities to exchange experiences and views on responding to city problems and to learn from one another as Asian cities have similar ways of life and problems”, Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra told a news conference at Bangkok City Hall on Thursday.

The governor said the problems shared by Asian cities are difficulties of access to public health, medical treatment, proper housing, and pollution.

The Asian Mayors Forum (AMF) was established by the assembly of cities in Asia in order to strengthen the economic, social, science, cultural and technological aspects for coping with changes in the globalised world.

The first Asian Mayors Forum took place in Tehran in 2008 and it was agreed to meet every two years. The second meeting took place in Istanbul.

The AMF is a good opportunity for Bangkok to show its capacity to host large-scale international conferences as Bangkok is due to hold the third ASEM Mayors and Governors Meeting to be attended by about 40 member countries in the next two years, the governor said.

The first and the second meetings were hosted by Jakarta in 2010 and Berlin in 2012.