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9th Asia Smart City Conference: World Bank Session “Pathways to Sustainable Urban Development” 

January 18, 2021

Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama landscape
  • With half of the world's population now living in cities, and the urban population projected to reach 80% of the global population by 2050, cities need to recognize that they are the key driver of global sustainable development. Under the COVID-19 pandemic, cities are exploring new ways to address conventional and new urban challenges and achieve sustainable growth.  In this context, global cities have been strengthening their commitments towards sustainable urban development and adopting strategies for achieving the UN Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Accord targets while at the same time battling against the current pandemic.

    TDLC has been collaborating with the City of Yokohama, a partner city of TDLC’s City Partnership Program (CPP), along with the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) to organize the Asia Smart City Conference in Japan to discuss sustainable urban development in Asia. The 9th Asia Smart City Conference, scheduled to commence online on January 18, 2021, will focus on the theme of "Building smart cities aiming for carbon neutrality through city to city collaboration under the influence of COVID-19" and will bring together representatives from major Asian cities, government agencies, international organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector.

    The World Bank session, hosted by TDLC, will feature a panel of World Bank urban development experts who will present case studies from Japan and around the world on the trends and applications of smart solution towards sustainable urban development under COVID-19. 

  • Introduction to the session

    13:55-14:00 (JST)


    • Victor Mulas
      Senior Urban Specialist and TDLC Team Lead, Tokyo Development Learning  Center (TDLC), World Bank


    Session 1: Applying smart city solutions to developing economies’ sustainable urban development 

    14:00-14:20 (JST)


    • Mansha Chen, Urban Specialist, World Bank   
    • Gayatri Singh, Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank 

    This session will explore the initiatives and lessons of developing countries to introduce smart solutions in a cost-effective way to realize sustainable cities. This session will introduce two cases from Indonesia and Bangladesh supported by the World Bank’s Global Smart City Partnership Program (GSCP). The program was launched in 2018 to support the World Bank project teams and clients to enhance the capacity of planning and implementing smart city projects. The case studies will guide the audience in better understanding how smart city solutions can be introduced and applied in developing countries.


    Session 2: Dialogue on the application of Japanese expertise abroad towards sustainable urban development 

     14:20-14:35 (JST)


    • Victor Mulas
      Senior Urban Specialist and TDLC Team Lead, Tokyo Development Learning  Center (TDLC), World Bank 
    • Toru Hashimoto
      Director General, Development Cooperation Department, International Affairs  Bureau, City of Yokohama 

    This session will focus on Japanese technologies' expertise and best practices applied in international cases and provide insights into the key considerations and lessons learned. This segment will unpack the Yokohama experience by discussing the challenges endured by the city and how key lessons learned from the Yokohama story can be curated to address urban challenges faced in developing economies.


    Closing and Q&A

    14:35-14:40 (JST)


    • Victor Mulas
      Senior Urban Specialist and TDLC Team Lead, Tokyo Development Learning  Center (TDLC), World Bank



  • DATE/TIME:  13:55-14:40 (JST) Monday, January 18, 2021*
  • *: The event starts at 10:00 am (JST). The start time of the World Bank session may be subject to change.
  • FORMAT: Virtual
  • LANGUAGE:  English (Simultaneous interpretation to Japanese will be available)
  • REGISTRATION:  Please register at the event website from the button below.
  • CONTACT:  Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) PR Ryota Nishiyama (Mr.)  TEL:080-6626-5936