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CDIA Highlights Smart Cities At ISDS 2016

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CDIA, through its Cluster Coordinator Alexandra Linden participated in the recently concluded Innovative Strategies for Development Summit (ISDS) 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria, Quezon City on 08-10 June 2016 .

Dubbed, “Accelerating Inclusive and Sustainable Development through ICT,” ISDS 2016 became a venue for policymakers, government agencies, development partners and other stakeholders to discuss how information and communication technologies (ICTs) may be used to address development issues.

In one of the plenary sessions titled, “Smart Technologies and Smarter Societies: Using Technology for Smart Cities, Towns and Villages,” Ms. Linden served as a panelist along with Sang Baek Chris Kang of Korea Local Information Research and Development Institute (KLID), Mayor Oscar Moreno of Cagayan de Oro City, Charles Ty of Intel Philippines and George Su of Asus Philippines. Together, they offered new perspectives and solutions for making cities more livable and robust.

CDIA emphasized building Smart Cities, wherein ICTs are used to improve connectivity. With the right condition, this improved connectivity will contribute to resource efficiency, environmental sustainability, and betterment of governmental services – indirectly reducing social inequalities, and increasing societal participation.

CDIA also shared the case study of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, wherein through its support for a Pre-feasibility study on public urban transport, different ICT-components had been recommended to be integrated into the sector’s management system. The case featured the range of challenges and constraints which the city encountered to actually implement the ICT components.

Indeed, cities have yet to fully realize the actual potential of ICT innovations in finding solutions to infrastructure, and many other urban development issues. Capacity bottlenecks to do so can be found on the side of local governments and the private sector offering ICT solutions. Some challenges include the need to adapt to the local context and conditions, insufficient awareness of local decision makers and lack of interdisciplinary expertise of local administrators, as well as limited exposure of suppliers to the daily challenges of cities in developing countries.

Click here to view CDIA’s presentation on Financing Smart Cities.

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