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NEXPO 2013 International Municipal Fair: Be Where Ideas Come to Meet

Categories: Unpublished | Author: Monika Kresic | Posted: 8/18/2016 | Views: 3729
Want to be part of the largest and the most important South-East Europe municipal event? Meet people, exchange experiences, learn new things, compare with others and promote your work? Get a unique opportunity to present your municipality projects in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and meet potential partners and investors?

NEXPO 2013 International Municipal Fair offers you all these and much more. Organized in the Cities of Rijeka and Opatija, the Republic of Croatia, from 25-27 September 2013, NEXPO will bring together local governments, local government associations, development agencies, civil society and businesses from South-East Europe and beyond. NEXPO was organized for the first time in March 2011, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It brought together 200 Mayors, 100 Exhibitors, 2000 Visitors, and provided 9 Conferences and Workshops.

The topic of NEXPO 2013 is EU Integration. The Fair will also provide opportunities for local governments to meet representatives of the business sector and attract potential investors for their projects in energy efficiency and renewable energies. It is expected to bring together over 4000 participants in the Sport Centre Zamet in Rijeka, an exhibit space of 4000 m2.

NEXPO 2013 Program includes:
  • Conference "The Road to EU Integration-Removing Barriers, Unlocking Our Potential" (25 September 2013, Croatian Cultural Dome in Susak, by invitation)
  • NEXPO Fair (26 and 27 September 2013, Zamet Centre)
  • Series of workshops (26 and 27 September 2013, Zamet Centre, entrance by participant badge), grouped in two main themes: Improving practice in Sustainable development and Improving practice in governance and partnership work
  • Mayors' Café (26 and 27 September 2013, Zamet Centre), the perfect place for face to face discussions between mayors on cooperation, investments, donations or twinning
  • Matchmaking (26 and 27 September 2013, Zamet Centre), by pre-arranged meetings, will enable municipalities and the private sector to meet, present to each other and identify collaboration opportunities
  • The rich Cultural Program from 25-27 September, will present a mosaic of the Croatian traditional and modern culture, but also cultures of other SEE countries

NEXPO 2013 space is limited, as well as accommodation availability on the Adriatic coast in September. We encourage you to make all the reservations no later than 30 June 2013.

For all information about NEXPO 2013, detailed program, online registration, accommodation booking, travel details, etc. please check:
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Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Cities

Worldwide, local governments face an increasing demand from the growing urban population to provide basic infrastructure and services, promote more inclusive growth, adapt to climate change, and mitigate risks from disasters. Although development pathways differ because of regional and local variations, one consistent pattern has emerged: economic prosperity most often occurs in cities.

Cities can reduce poverty and expand individual and national prosperity. The bulk of economic activities take place in cities; urban centers attract business, trade and other service industries, and offer dense labor markets with the ability to move products over smaller distances, shortening the supply chain. However, cities in South-East Europe (SEE) do not yet harvest their full potential to contribute to economic prosperity and deliver better quality of life for their citizens. They face a number of challenges such as climate change, natural disasters, increasing global competition and financial instability. At the same time, cities have room for improvement: they can use their own resources more efficiently and also possess a huge potential for energy efficiency.

In order to address these challenges the World Bank and Government of Austria have partnered to launch the Urban Partnership Program (UPP) aimed to strengthen the capacity of local governments in South-East Europe, to promote city to city exchange and peer learning within and beyond Europe and to equip local elected officials, city administrators and technical staff with practical tools for decision-making, to effectively manage urban development for inclusive and sustainable growth. While global in scope, this Program is targeted at South-East Europe, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. 

The Program is structured into three product lines to reflect the demand: E-learning & Knowledge products: Global curriculum through World Bank Open Learning Campus and Regional/local Partners: NALAS (E-Academy), LGAs; Connectivity through City to City Dialogues on Municipal Finance, Urban Planning & Land Management; and Sustainability through In depth city engagement, including self-assessment tools (Municipal Finance Self-Assessment and Urban Audit) and participatory methodologies (Integrity Building and Social Sustainability & Citizen Engagement). 

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