ICMA International Regional Summit in China, May 2014

China bridge Yangzhou

The Five Pavilion Bridge in Yangzhou

Registration for this event is closed. 

All ICMA members and international affiliates are invited to convene with Chinese local government professionals and professors from the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) at ICMA’s first International Regional Summit in Yangzhou, China, May 11-15, 2014. The summit will take place in conjunction with the annual spring meeting of the ICMA International Committee.

Theme of the summit: Eco-Friendly Urbanization

Sustainable development initiatives such as clean energy, clean water, clean air, and brownfields development are getting increasing attention among local government officials around the world. Chinese cities have been experiencing significant urbanization, making environmental challenges critical concerns for local government.

Sponsored by the ICMA China Center and the city of Yangzhou, the summit will feature a series of presentations, panel discussions, and keynote sessions highlighting international perspectives on sustainable development. Participants will gain an understanding of these initiatives on the international level and the management issues related to sustainable development and approaches for incorporating them into their local government strategies. Side trips, city tours, and Chinese banquets will enrich the experience for participants.  


Since you're coming to China, don’t miss the opportunity to further enrich your stay by participating in one of the pre- and post-summit study tours hosted by the ICMA China Center. The tours, which have an additional cost, offer visits to Beijing, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Xi’an.

The study tours provide opportunities to learn through interaction with professional local government officials, combined with personally enriching tourism to some of China's premier historical and cultural sites. Learn more about the study tour itineraries, then select the options you prefer on the registration form.

Travel and logistics

There is no registration fee to participate in the summit. Ground transportation and entry fees for events listed in the summit agenda will be covered by the City of Yangzhou. Here is additional information for participants:

  • Passport. Each participant will need to have an up-to-date passport in order to travel to China. Check your passport expiration date, or apply for a passport if you do not have one.
  • Visa. Each participant will also need to obtain a visa to enter China, and in order to get a visa, you must present a letter of invitation to the summit. The ICMA China Center will provide an invitation letter for the visa application after you register. For further details, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
  • Registration. Register for the summit and an optional study tour by completing the online registration form.
  • Travel. Each participant is responsible for booking his or her own international flights. Transportation from the airports to the hotel (and return) will be available at designated times from the airports in Shanghai (PVG), Nanjing (NKG), and Yangzhou (YTY). For details on pick-up times, please check the FAQs.
  • Hotel. Participants must make their own hotel reservations in Yangzhou even if they are participating in a study tour. The official summit hotel is the Yangzhou Centre & Residence. Here is the reservation log-in established exclusively for ICMA members:

Username: changle

Password: 111111

  • Meals. Meals during the summit are hosted by the City of Yangzhou or ICMA, except for those listed as "optional" on the summit agenda.

Questions? Contact Berna Oztekin at ICMA (boztekin@icma.org).


ICMA International Regional Summit Agenda, Yangzhou, China, May 11-15, 2014

ICMA International Regional Summit in China, Frequently Asked Questions

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