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Belgrade and Rijeka at the World Smart City Summit and Smart City Week

Categories: Events, Other Events, News | Author: Maja | Posted: 10/18/2017 | Views: 9954
Seoul, September 04-08, 2017

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) of South Korea, with the support of World Bank’s Smart Cities KSB and Korea-World Bank Partnership Facility hosted, from September 04-08, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea, World Smart City Summit and Smart City Week.

 

Two UPP city representatives from Rijeka (Croatia) and Belgrade (Serbia), had the opportunity to join this important event and hear about different infrastructure development projects and outcomes, smart solutions, as well as to exchange and share experiences with other countries worldwide. Rijeka presented smart city approach to Open Data Portal, iURBAN & MySMARTLife, while Belgrade had a presentation on Beokom center and it’s smart solutions related to Aggregation Web Portal with Additional Modules and Mobile Apps.

 

Korea Smart Cities Study Week was opened with an introductory speech by representatives of Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT), followed by the key note from Professor Joengo Kim on "Urban Transformation as an Opportunity for Economic Prosperity in Environmental Sustainability". Participants learned that 55% of the world's population currently lives in cities and accounts for 70% of GDP; forecasts show that by 2050 90% of people will live in urban areas. It is, therefore, crucial that urban environments strive for smart solutions to respond to current challenges such as: climate change, continued population growth, infrastructure, education and population health, management development that needs to respond to challenges.

 

Participants had the opportunity to meet with the business community and discuss their smart solutions from different fields. City representative from Rijeka had a chance to present and exchange experiences with representatives from Korea Water Resources Corporation on Rijeka’s project Water Agglomeration, which is in the process of preparation and its total value is about 1.8 billion Kuna (over 24 mil EUR), mostly financed by EU funds. Both UPP city representatives presented the SMART city concepts from their respective cities as well as ongoing SMART projects.

 

Participants participated in interesting and informative study tour featuring a number of smart projects, including: e-Seoul net, Seoul portal, Mobile Seoul, CCTV integrated system, Seoul public wifi, 120 call centers, Seoul Smart Complaint Reporting System, mVoting, Citizen Participatory Budget Project ,Seoul's Big Data based Services - 24 projects selected in four sectors: transport, health, economics and management, and emphasized the importance of transparency of data for all users - including citizens.

 

During the conference, participants attended the WSCW (World smart city week) where they listened to a series of exciting presentations on the experiences of Korean cities as well as cities around the world in implementing smart city solutions to improve citizens' services. Significant event was the signing of the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between the World Bank and the Government of the Republic of Korea. By signing the MoU Work Plan, the MoLIT and the World Bank have agreed to support clients by developing a Global Smart City Solution Portal, providing just-in-time technical assistance, facilitating smart city study tours and customized knowledge exchange, among many other activities.

 

UPP participants appreciated learning about the experiences of Korean cities in the implementation of the full spectrum of diverse smart city solutions, visiting locations that are providing smart city services, and exchange of experiences with other participants on their smart solutions. These experiences and learnings are very valuable for developing future ideas and new smart solutions that could be implemented in the UPP cities as well as for current solutions that could be improved.

 









 


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October 25-26, 2018 - Vlore, Albania

On October 25-26, 2018, in Vlore, Albania, the Urban Partnership Program in collaboration with theMunicipality of Vlore welcomed around 40 participants from Albanian and Macedonian cities and municipalities, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Finance from both countries and from the Albanian Association of Municipalities (AAM), to share experiences, challenges, and best practices with their peers, in a trusting and familiar context.

 

The UPP has been fostering financial management and sustainable urban development, as well as supporting capacity building with a network of local experts in the region, through the Municipal Finance Self-Assessment, the Urban Audit and related tools. In the latest UPP survey, 67% of respondents said that the MFSA helped to improve the financial management of municipalities and 82% that the UPP improved the delivery and quality of municipal services to citizens. The success of the program that has involved more than 80 municipalities and 500 practitioners and decision makers is mainly due to regular interactive workshops and events where experts have the opportunity to exchange best practices and discuss solutions to main issues of local finance and development with their peers from neighboring countries and beyond.

 

The main focus of the workshop was the presentation of the new MFSA V2.0 application to participants after the testing phase and before its official launch. As most of them have already worked on the previous version of the MFSA, presenting the new configuration of the web-based platform, how it operates and what are the benefits for the municipalities using the tool, was greatly appreciated. Participants were given a chance to test the MFSA V2.0 together with local experts and tried to identify aspects that could be improved. The received feedback, comments and recommendations for further improvement of this tool were collected and will be presented during the City to City Dialogue. The MFSA V2.0 application is currently being tested with users, revised and customized, and it will soon befully released and disseminated.

 

Workshop participants were welcomed both by Honorable Dritan Leli, the Mayor of Vlore, as well as Mr. Rama, Deputy Mayor of Vlore. Mr. Leli pointed out how important and positive the cooperation with the World Bank has been for the city, and highlighted the essential role played by these types of technical workshops in improving urban development while Mr. Rama, outlined in his keynote address the most important economic growth priorities for the municipality, which included tourism, infrastructure improvement and PPPs. During the first day, participants had a chance to exchange experiences on common topics such as financial management and integrated urban development, financing capital investment projects and furthering citizen participation and transparency for project selection processes. The workshop was also used as a platform to discuss further integration between the MFSA and UA; e.g. what data/information can be used from MFSA as input to UA and vice versa. Urban Planning experts outlined how the UA evolved from identifying territorial and service deficiencies and needs, to fostering international partnerships and regional networking for LED. This was shown through two best practice examples shared by Municipality of Kucove, Albania, and Municipality of Gazi Baba, Macedonia.

 

 

At the end of the first day, participants had the opportunity to hear about the Urban Lab Participatory approach implemented in Ksamil, Saranda in Albania under UPP. Professor Markus Tomaselli, from the University of Technology in Vienna (TU Wien), explained how undertaking the lab and conducting workshops/surveys/questioners with different constituents of Ksamil, a town that highly depends on tourism with its population increasing tenfold during the summer period, brought to light several new, but very important topics and issues to be addressed.

 

The site visits and field trips to Zvernec provided clear insight into infrastructure development and challenges linked to the local economy. Road investment, sewage treatment plant, Petrolifera, gas power plant are among the most important infrastructural projects for Vlore which will allow better living conditions, but also allow increase in attractiveness to tourists and visitors. As a highlight, participants visited lagoon of Narta and island and monastery of Zvernec as they represent important cultural touristic attractions in the area.

 

The second day of the workshop was opened by Professor Dr. Arben Malaj, Honorary Consul of Austria to Vlore who stated how these kinds of workshops are symbols of the need to shift emphasis to the local level, in order to shorten the distance between voters and decision makers and tackle critical global challenges and address EU. During the course of the day, participants had the opportunity to discuss systems of debt management and financing capital projects. Our UA experts led a group exercise where participants discussed capital projects selection and financial sources. Groups worked on sources of funding for capital projects including PPPs, local government budgets, commercial loans, fiscal autonomy, MSIP and other IFIs, and others. For more information please see the full summary report.

 

Participants were inspired by local best practices in Macedonia and Albania as well as the World Bank MSIP and PIUTD programs where the UPP is supporting municipalities in project selection and application for funds.

 

Once again, the cities and municipalities appreciated the opportunity to share and discuss important issues of joint interest, provide suggestions and support to one another, and to pose questions to the Ministries and LGA representatives in a safe environment.



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Documents:
Final Agenda - Vlore, October 24-26 2018.pdf

DAY 1
Citizen Enagement in Decision Making - S. Kdolsky.pdf
Citizens Engagement, Fier - R. Hyseni.pdf
Citizens Engagement, Prilep - B. Jankuloski.pdf
UPP Survey review, Workshop - Vlore 2018.pdf
Urban Audit, Municipality of Kucova - Xh. Kostreni.pdf
Urban Audit of MGB for LED OF Municipality Gazi Baba - S. Trajkov.pdf

DAY 2
City of Vlore - J. Puka and A. Paparizo.pdf
PIUTD - Tuo Shi.pdf

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