Urban Planning Council aims to set benchmarks with Korean counterpart through cooperation agreement
The Korean Ministry of Land has entered into a cooperation agreement with Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC).
The MoU, described as being part of “ongoing collaborations” between the two bodies, targets landuse, transport solutions and infrastructure, with the two bodies aiming to set benchmarks in urban planning policies.
As a result, mutual staff exchange programmes will be held in addition to forums that “would pave the way” for private sector companies in Korea to participate in sharing and networking sessions with key stakeholders of the planning and development industry in Abu Dhabi.
According to a statement released after the singing: “The assigned objective for both entities is to further enhance the multi-stakeholder, integrative and consultative approach already initiated and that integrates and promotes the economic, socio-cultural and environmental dimensions of sustainable urban development.”
The agreement was signed by Dr You, Byeong-Kwon, director general for Urban Policy, and the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) for Republic of Korea; and Eng Amer Al Hammadi, director of planning policies and infrastructure, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC).
Dr Byeong-Kwon said: “The MoU provides a framework for MLTM and UPC to exchange views and experiences in urban planning to enhance each other’s planning expertise. It will deepen the relationship between MLTM and UPC and strengthen ties between Abu Dhabi and Korea.”
Al Hammadi added: “Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 has laid the foundations for benchmark regional master plans that recognize and respond to cultural, socio-economic and spatial diversity. In the post global financial crisis era, it is essential for Abu Dhabi and the Republic of Korea to continue to address the topic of “Resilience” and ensure continuous diversified urban development and efficiency to remain attractive places to reside, visit or do business to share valuable experiences.”