Asia-Africa Smart City Alliance set in Bandung, Indonesia

A two-day seminar on Smart City, which took place in Bandung on 22-23 April, with 446 participants, 26 mayors and dozens of foreign delegations from 39 countries, has been completed with a commitment to set the Asia-Africa Smart City Alliance. The Asia-Africa Smart City Summit was conducted during the Asia-Africa Conference, officially held from 19-24 April.

The forum also generated a Bandung Declaration on smart cities, consisting of five points of agreement to strengthen development between cities in the Asia-Africa  region. The commitment is to build a network and share knowledge on smart city model.

Bandung Mayor Ridwan ‘Emil’ Kamil was picked to become the chairman of this newly-established alliance. Kamil said that this Smart City Alliance would be able to improve the internal situation of Indonesia and other countries in the Asia-Africa region.

Appointed as a chair of the Mayor round-table discussion, UCLG ASPAC Secretary General Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, encouraged participants to identify best practices and strategies of cities in Asia-Africa so that city’s problems could be solved through smart city solutions.

The Bandung Declaration on smart cities was a result of the productive discussions carried during the summit. Indonesian Minister for Information and Communications Rudiantoro, was satisfied of the initiative, citing that the event has helped leaders to take a step ahead for cooperation.