Former cabinet minister Lord Michael Heseltine will make the key address at the International Waterfront Forum 2016 (IWF2016) in Liverpool this June, organisers have announced.
The forum, now in its third year, has previously included representatives from waterfront cities including the likes of New York, Barcelona and Sydney. This year’s line up includes speakers from Bordeaux, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Tianjin and Toronto, who will gather for the two-day conference (16-17 June), as part of the International Festival for Business 2016 at Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
IWF2016 is expected to draw 500 delegates and speakers will address the main theme: ‘Waterfront cities as economic drivers of national economies’ through a series of meetings and seminars.
Lord Heseltine, who has played a major role in the regeneration and global repositioning of Liverpool over four decades, said: “The waterfront has always been and continues to be a key asset for Liverpool. It is very encouraging to see world-renowned cities coming together to share best practice examples of how to harness the waterfront as a driver for growth to the benefit of the city region and the wider national economy.”
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, OBE, added: “We are proud to be on the global platform with other waterfronts, sharing best practice in master planning for growth of our own city’s future. This can only be made possible with private sector involvement and I would like to thank our partners and forum supporters in bringing this high-calibre, truly international conference into the IFB calendar of events.”
Max Steinberg, CBE chief executive, Liverpool Vision and chair of IFB2016, said waterfront cities were driving growth at the heart of the global economy. “IFB2016 is about opening up international markets and creating wider collaborations and cross-cultural networks. IWF2016 is a key element of fostering a wider global alliance of waterfront cities that will develop into an ongoing legacy for the International Festival for Business.”