Jerusalem hosts mayors from around the world
Dozens of mayors came to the city for the Muni Expo 2022 of Israel's Federation of Local Authorities
The city of Jerusalem continues to lead in its capacity as one of the world's advanced cities whose rich past, alongside the momentum of its development and its promotion of innovation, serves as an inspiration to many other cities of the world. This fact brought dozens of mayors from around the globe to a conference in the capital city, led by the Municipality of Jerusalem, with a goal of gaining inspiration and ideas to help them build a vision for their cities. This came in the framework of the Muni Expo 2022 municipal innovation conference, which was led by the Federation of Local Authorities, and its head, Haim Bibas.
During the conference, which took place on December 7, the mayors toured the Western Wall tunnels where they were briefed on the city's glorious past, from the Hasmonean period until the present. Afterwards they observed the advanced projects being carried out in the neighborhood at the entrance to the city that will bring dozens of new companies, commercial areas, offices and employment to the area.
The mayors also visited the "HUJI-Tech" facilities and the "Silicon Wadi" that will serve as high-tech and knowledge-based industry facilities adjacent to Hebrew University and East Jerusalem, and lead to the flowering of the high-tech and bio-tech industries in Jerusalem.
In the evening, there was a gala event and dinner hosted by the mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, together with the chairman of the Federation of Local Authorities, Haim Bibas.
The conference included mayors and borough chiefs from some of the world's leading cities. Among the participants were the mayor of Batumi, Georgia; the mayor of Poznan, Poland; the president of the New York City borough of Manhattan; the mayor of El Paso, Texas; a delegation of mayors from Kosovo; and the mayor of Kampala, Uganda.
The mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, said "Our capital, Jerusalem, continues to lead and influence around the world as well. The visiting mayors are a high-quality delegation of public servants who see Jerusalem as a bridge that connects the new and the ancient, and who understand and appreciate the ability and the boldness of the city with a rich and fascinating history to build, develop and renew itself, alongside meticulous processes to preserve the many historic buildings and monuments in the city. Welcome to the mayors from around the world. We are excited and proud to host you."