While Morocco presently undertakes a number of major reforms in clean energy, urban planning, agricultural development, water security, and transportation, the government has decided to set up smart cities marked by the first International Summit for Smart Cities in North Africa held in Ifrane.
The summit and the preparation of smart cities are supposed to facilitate the country’s modernization which will serve as a model to the whole of North African region. It will be an opportunity to introduce new innovative and creative ideas, and will therefore contribute to social and economic development of the region. The event is also believed to bring experience, motivation, and the required outline that will allow Morocco and North Africa to develop its own model of Smart Cities.
For first ever summit for smart cities concentrated on the themes of digital inclusion and governance, resource management and infrastructure innovation and economic growth, education, urban development and mobility. The geopolitical context of each region and involvement of the citizen are also considered in decision making.
The gathering brought together many public and private decision-makers, experts and researchers in the field of Smart Cities sector. Delegates from the Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment and digital economy graced the event by their introductory remarks. Spokespersons from around the world also imparted their experience and extensive knowledge that best describe the various ideas and practices regarding Smart Cities.