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Smart City Expo World Congress 2021 Side Event: Reinventing the Future of Cities Emerging from the COVID-19 Pandemic

November 16, 2021

Tokyo, Japan

  • During the pandemic, many cities have reinvented themselves to become more livable and sustainable. The concept of smart cities has gained global attraction in raising awareness about the need to utilize technology to transform cities to be greener, more affordable, inclusive, and sustainable.

    The Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) is one of the largest smart city events in the world dedicated to fostering smart cities and tracking sustainable urban initiatives. This year the conference was a hybrid event with full day of broadcasted events, workshops, panel discussion and side sessions that were also streamed virtually. This year marked the 10th anniversary of SCEWC and focused COVID-19 recovery by exploring key themes such as enabling technologies, energy, environment, inclusion, infrastructure, governance, and others.

    The World Bank has a long history of collaborating with SCEWC and World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) organized a virtual side event on November 16th. The side session was held in collaboration with Smart City Institute of Japan (SCI-J), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Global Smart Cities Partnership Program (GSCP) of the World Bank.

    In addition to the side event, Sameh Wahba, Global Director of the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice participated as a key panelist speaker on the theme of “Leveraging Emerging Technologies for Urban Challenges.”

  • Session 1: Fireside Chat on Reinventing the Future of Cities – New Trends and Ideas to Reshape the Urban Future


    • Victor Mulas, Senior Urban Specialist and TDLC Team Lead, World Bank


    • Takehiko Nagumo, Executive Managing Director, Smart City Institute Japan   

    This session looked at what are the new ideas coming from Japan to reinvent our cities after the pandemic along with inspirational initiatives or policies taken by cities as they approach reopening for the new normal. The discussion introduced emerging ideas and visions from Japan and abroad with perspective on the future direction of smart cities.

    Session 2: Presentation on World Bank Group’s Approach to Green, Resilient and Inclusive Smart City Development


    • Narae Choi, Senior Urban Development Specialist, World Bank


    • Youngki Hong, Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation
    • Jessica Grisanti Bravo, Urban Specialist, World Bank   

    This session dived into the World Bank Group’s Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Development framework and the approaches for smart city development in the context of COVID-19 recovery and sustainable growth. The session included inspirational project cases from the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank.

    Please watch the recorded session from the link below.





  • DATE/TIME: 8:30pm –9:15pm (JST) Tuesday, November 16, 2021
  • VENUE: Online
  • LANGUAGE: English
  • CONTACT: Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) PR