Sponsored by University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), Department of Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs of Sichuan Provincial People’s Government, P.R. China, and National League of Cities (NLC), USA, the 2017 International Forum on Smart City (2nd IFSC) & The First Mayors Roundtable of OHTC was successfully hosted at UESTC Qingshuihe Campus, Chengdu on September 11-14, 2017.
2017 IFSC & First Mayors Roundtable attracted the interest of the international community. More than 100 scholars, experts and practitioners in the field of building smart city from P.R. China, USA, UK, Japan, Canada, Denmark, Italy, India, Lithuania, Ghana, Indonesia, South Korea, and Macao SAR of P.R. China participated in the 2017 IFSC & First Mayors Roundtable.
The open remarks of 2017 IFSC & First Mayors Roundtable were delivered by Chen Fang, Vice-Chairman of Sichuan Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. In his address, he expressed appreciation to all the Chinese and foreign friends who have long cherished their support for the development of Sichuan. He introduced the significance of hosting the forum and the promotion of smart city construction in Sichuan Province, indicating that Sichuan Provincial People’s Government will push forward the construction of a new type of smart city in accordance with the local situation and urban orientation in different places to build a transparent and efficient service-oriented government. We will step out of a new smart city development path with the Sichuan feature.
Prof. Wang Yafei, Chairman of UESTC, warmly welcomed the leaders, experts and scholars attending the 2017 IFSC & First Mayors Roundtable on behalf of UESTC, and briefly introduced UESTC's development history and basic situation. He said internationalization is one of the development strategies of UESTC. 2017 IFSC & First Mayors Roundtable provides a forum for the academics and practitioners to exchange their latest findings and discuss the further cooperation, UESTC will further deepen exchanges and cooperation with local governments and academia in various fields in both China and foreign countries, and work together for common development.
Focusing on the theme of Smart City for Sustainable Development, four keynote speakers, Matt Zone, President of the National League of Cities, Man-Chung Tang, Academician of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) from USA; Prof. Meng Qingguo from Tsinghua University and Prof. Zhou Tao from UESTC, P.R. China delivered their keynote speeches on the topic of Smarter Cities--Smarter Governance; About Smart City; From Open to Crowdsourcing: Government Service Innovation Based on Big Data; Innovation and Practice for Government Smart Supervision respectively.
The First Mayors Roundtable was held in the afternoon, mayors and delegation from China, the United States, South Korea and Italy gathered together to discuss the sustainable development of cities, specifically, the opportunities and challenges of urban development from the comparative perspective. Xu Hongbing, Deputy Mayor of Yibin; Jiang Xuedong, Deputy Mayor of Neijiang; Yang Xuening, Deputy Mayor of Mianyang; Ding Xiang, Deputy Mayor of Luzhou; Li Zhiyu, Member of Standing Committee of Leshan CPC Committee, Deputy Mayor of Leshan; Mark Stodola, Mayor of City of Little Rock; Karen Freeman Wilson, Mayor of City of Gary; Sean Kyle Wright, Mayor of City of Antioch; Richard Charles Kowalczyk, Formal Mayor of City of Half Moon Bay, California from USA; Giuliano Noci, Vice Rector for China of Politecnico di Milano, Italy; Heungsuk CHOI, President of Korean Association for Public Administration, South Korea shared their ideas in Practice and Innovation for Regional Smart City Construction; Promotion of Work on Smart City; Progressing in Smart Cities with their own city’s experience at the roundtable.
The 2017 IFSC & The First Mayors Roundtable also included two Expert Seminars for Smart City for Sustainable Development and a Symposium for Promoting the Smart City Development for West African Cities. Bondzi Simpson Philip Ebow, Rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Ghana, as keynote speaker at the Symposium for Promoting the Smart City Development for West African Cities, presented on the topic: A Blueprint for Developing Smart Cities in West Africa: Legal and Governance Implications.
2017 International Forum on Smart City (2nd IFSC) & The First Mayors Roundtable was one of the important events for 2017 Western China Overseas High Tech and High Talents Conference (OHTC), aiming to provide a platform for research institutions, academics and practitioners of public administration to exchange their latest findings, update their professional knowledge for further developments in building Smart City, and bring out new ideas and innovative techniques that can be applied to various societies based on their political and historical context.