City to city: Oslo and Hackney

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Published by Oslo Business Region, 19 August 2020

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Hackney, London and Oslo would maybe not be your first guess of a city to city match. So, what do they have in common? Both have a strong creative industry, emerging tech startups and a dedicated interest in sustainability.

Background

An official agreement between the City of Oslo and The Borough of Hackney was formally signed in May, 2015, and renewed in September, 2019. The 2019 MOU was signed by former Vice Mayor of Business Development and Ownership, City of Oslo, Marthe Scharning Lund and Mayor of London Borough of Hackney, Philip Glanville.

The Memorandum of Understanding seeks to promote and enhance startup, business and commercial ties, as well as city to city official links, between Oslo and London, based on common interests and the sharing of knowledge within the tech and creative industries sector.

Objectives

The MOU serves as a framework for long-term relations between the two cities. Both parties share a set of common objectives and challenges. The parties shall use the MOU as a tool to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The parties agree to build on and expand the existing collaboration within business development between the cities by:

  • Continue to promote high-tech and creative sector through collaboration and exchange
  • Exchange knowledge and share best practices on topics of common interest (including climate change, smart city, inclusive economy)
  • Facilitate dialogue and meeting places for the cities on both the political and administrative level, and linking relevant actors including citizens, stakeholders, business sectors and surrounding regions.