Asia Smart City Conference
The City of Yokohama has organized the "Y-PORT Project," an international technical cooperation project based on private-public partnership, and is harnessing overseas expansion of private enterprises in Yokohama and promoting the city itself. The City of Yokohama, which is selected as “Future City” by the Cabinet Office, has been holding the Asia Smart City Conference every year since 2012 as part of the Y-PORT projects, in which the City of Yokohama accelerates overseas operations of companies based in Yokohama and shares its know-how on smart cities.
As part of the project, the city started the "Asia Smart City Conference" in 2012 by inviting mayors from emerging Asian countries and international organizations. (The conference is invitational.)
At the previous 6th conference held in 2017, the conference welcomed over 70 participants from international organizations, private enterprises, city governments, and more. Active exchange for matching needs of emerging cities with solutions from international organizations and firms realized through exhibitions and practical discussions involving all participants.
Announce of the 7th Conference
The 7th Asia Smart City Conference, we are planning to associate with International Organizations more storongly than ever, and hold a integral conference. Practical themes will be set for lively discussions. We aim for a match-making platform between needs from the cities, innovative technologies from private companies, and support from international organizations.
Dates of the 7th Asia Smart City Conference⇩
Here is the topics of a previous conference last year.
(Venue of Day2&3: Yokohama Ground InterContinental Hotel)
Site visits showcasing smart city development in Yokohama
Yokohama Youth Event 2017
Organizer: City of Yokohama, Yokohama National University (YNU) and Yokohama City University (YCU)
Smart Urban Development Conference
Organizer: World Bank-ADB
The 6th Asia Smart City Conference
Organizer: City of Yokohama
～Overview～◆Movie (City of Yokohama offical YouTube channel)
◆Yokohama Infrastructure Tour(DAY1)
Hokubu Sewerage Center, Environmental Planning Bureau(Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama), Kohoku Newtown (Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama)
◆Yokohama Youth Event 2017(DAY2)
This event was arranged as a follow-up project to the Host Country Youth Event held during the 50th ADB Annual Meeting in May this year. Students from Yokohama National University and Yokohama City University gave presentations and took part in discussions in English about urban development with international specialists, Asian Development Bank economists, and other experts. The discussions covered high-level topics such as smart city development in Asia and the role of Japanese firms in emerging Asia’s infrastructure.
◆Smart Urban Development Conference hosted by the World Bank and Asian Development Bank(DAY2)
The Smart Urban Development Conference, presented by the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, invited both foreign and domestic experts as well as representatives from Asian city governments to share know-how and discuss efficient and effective solutions to urban development in both developed and developing regions.
Representatives from cities and organizations gave presentations and held discussions on four themes.
Thematic Meeting 1: Waste and sludge treatment in smart cities
Thematic Meeting 2: Approaches towards energy saving/low carbon urban development
Thematic Meeting 3: Use of ICT/Bid Data
Thematic Meeting 4: Japanese experience
Private firms from Yokohama presented their unique technologies and services at the lunch venue and took advantage of business matching opportunities with cities, private enterprises, and donor organizations.
Mayor Hayashi’s opening speech was followed by keynote speeches from Mr. Iwao Horii, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan; Mr. Yasuo Takahashi, Vice Minister for Global Environmental Affairs from the Ministry of the Environment; and Mr. Masamichi Kono, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD.
At the roundtable sessions, Dr. Bindu N. Lohani, Special Advisor for Y-PORT Center and President of the Resources Center, served as the overall moderator. He led discussions that incorporated the results of the morning meetings as well as input from international organizations, the results of Yokohama’s initiatives, shared urban issues among Asian cities, and each organization’s knowledge and technologies.
Closing remarks were given by Dr. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President of IGES, followed by Student Speeches on the results of the discussions at the Yokohama Youth Event held on the 26th.
The participants’ contributions to the dialogue throughout the conference were integrated into the 6th Asia Smart City Conference Declaration (Yokohama Declaration), which was announced by Mayor Hayashi and Mayor Osmeña of Cebu City and adopted by the attendees.
Asia Smart City Alliance: ASCA
Following our 4th Asia Smart City Conference Declaration (Yokohama Declaration) at the conference, we are delighted to launch the Facebook page of the Asia Smart City Alliance (ASCA).
The ASCA aims to enhance City to City Cooperation towards smart city development in Asian region to deliver knowledge on smart city development to City Leaders. It employs holistic approach to create urban solutions beyond existing sectoral approaches and to accelerate the importance of Long Term Vision in urban planning for smart city development.
We regard the “Smart City Development” as sustainable city development through enhancing public private partnership (PPP), combining innovative technologies for better quality of life (QOL) of citizens at entire segments of society with measurable outcomes, while utilizing Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Asia Smart City Alliance (ASCA) Secretariat
(Development Cooperation Division, International Affairs Bureau, City of Yokohama)