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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 has been holding the Asia Smart City Conference every year since 2012 as part of the Y-PORT projects, in which Yokohama accelerates overseas operations of companies based in the city and shares its know-how on smart cities. As part of the Y-PORT project, the city started the "Asia Smart City Conference" in 2012 by inviting mayors from emerging Asian countries and international organizations.


  At the previous 6th conference held in 2017, we 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.


  The 7th Asia Smart City Conference, under the theme of “Fostering a Marketplace for Co-innovation,” will be held on November 13-15 with the support of the Asian Development Bank Institute and the World Bank. As the international community works to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015, the City of Yokohama, designated as an “SDGs Future City” that promotes activities towards achieving the Goals, will host the Conference.

  The 7th Asia Smart City Conference will aim to create pilot projects which realize urban Smart City solutions in Asia by providing a forum where diverse participants can network and take part in cross-cutting discussions on urban development.


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⇩

   November 13-15,2018

   Program(tentative) click here 

  We would like to call for interested “solution providers” who would like to be involved in the event together with decision-makers from cities in developing countries in Asia.(Kindly check the link in details.)


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


Parallel events


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



 ◆Movie (City of Yokohama offical YouTube channel)

  Reports of the 6th Asia Smart City Conference 2017


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.


Thematic Meetings(DAY3)

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


Business Matching(DAY3)

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.



Plenary Meeting(DAY3)

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)
E-mail: ki-asca@city.yokohama.jp