World Bank Smart Cities Conference

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Laying the Infrastructure for Competitiveness, Innovation and Engagement

October 21, 2016
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World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) will be hosting a day-long International Conference on Smart Cities.

Demand for services in urban area is increasing rapidly, and the capacity of local governments to manage this demand is the key challenge.

A Smart City Approach boosts citizen engagement, innovation and competitiveness of cities, while ensuring that cities as the core engine of growth meeting the needs of present and future generations in economic, social, and environmental aspects and boosting shared prosperity among all social classes.


November 17, Thursday, 2016 9:00AM to 5:00PM


Intercontinental Yokohama Grand, Ball Room


Free of Charge. Early registration is recommended to secure a seat. Please register using the registration form on the World Bank Tokyo Office website by clicking here.
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Session 1: Quality Ingrastructure Investment (QII) and Adaptation of Smart Technologies
Sesson 2: Fostering Innovation Eco-System and Citizen Engagement in Urban Service Delivery
Session 3: Beyond Service Delivery: Triggering Innovation, Competitiveness and Job Creation
Session 4: Becoming Smart Finance City and Generating More Economic Benefit.

Key Note Speech:

Sameer Sharma, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India (TBC)

Speakers/Moderators (in alphabetical order):

Kenwa Chin, Distinguished Engineer, IBM
Toru Hashimoto, Director, International Bureau, City of Yokohama
Toshiyuki Iwama, Executive Technical Advisor, Infrastructure and Peacebuilding Department, JICA
Stefano Negri, Associate Director, World Bank SME Forum & Leading Specialist, World Bank Group
Yumiko Noda, Partner, President- Cities Solution Centre, PwC Advisory LLC
Taisuke Matsuzaki, Manager, Planning and Coordination Bureau, City of Kobe
Barjor Mehta, Lead Urban Specialist, World Bank Group
Megha Mukim, Economist & Author of City Competitiveness and the City Innovation Index, World Bank Group
Nick O’Donnell, Director of Public Policy and Public Affairs, LinkedIn
Chihiro Shimizu, Professor, Real Estate Research Center, Singapore National University
Hyoung Gun Wang, Technical Lead for Smart Cities KSB, World Bank Group




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