World Bank Smart Cities Conference
November 17, 2016Yokohama

~Laying the Infrastructure for Competitiveness, Innovation and Engagement~

The Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) program, a partnership of the Government of Japan and World Bank Group, is honored to host the World Bank Smart Cities Conference in Yokohama, Japan.

Urbanization is occurring at an unprecedented pace, and it is forecasted that two thirds of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by 2050. Demand for services in urban areas is therefore increasing rapidly, and the capacity of local governments to manage this demand is the key challenge.

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

World Bank specialists and invited Smart Cities experts from the public sector, private sector and academia will engage in active dialogues on “How-to” create Smart Cities and maximize the benefits to stakeholders. Highlights of the discussions will include: 1) how cities become Smart Cities and what are the challenges and solutions they encounter, 2) how cities can strengthen competitiveness through Smart Cities, 3) how Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) contributes to tackling urban challenges and enables Smart Cities, 4) how Smart Cities can promote stakeholder engagement, and 5) how Smart Cities impact local government finance and property value.


Session 1: Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) laying the foundation for Smart Cities

Session 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:

Rehman Roshan Baig, Minister, Urban Development and Haj, Government of Karnataka, India

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
Bindu N. Lohani, Head of Global Climate Change Practice, Centennial Group, USA/Distinguished Adjunct Faculty and Board of Trustee Member, Asian Institute of Technology
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
Stefano Negri, Associate Director, World Bank SME Forum & Leading Specialist, World Bank Group
Yumiko Noda, Partner, President-Cities Solution Centre, PwC Advisory LLC.
Nick O’Donnell, Director of Public Policy and Public Affairs, LinkedIn
Winnie Tang, Chairman, Esri China (Hong Kong) Limited/ Founder and Chairman of Steering Committee of the Smart City Consortium
Alfonso Vegara, President, Fundacion Metropoli
Hyoung Gun Wang, Technical Lead for Smart Cities KSB, World Bank Group

  • DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 17, 2016, 9:00am-5:00pm (JST)
  • VENUE: Intercontinental Yokohama Grand, Ball Room
  • Admission: Free
  • CONTACT: World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center TEL: 03-3597-1333