Shenzen hosts 2019 Shenzen Smart City Forum

Shenzen Smart City Forum, co-organised by Huawei, discusses future of smart cities

Huawei is dedicated to building smart city digital foundations and digital brains, says Guo Ping,
Huawei is dedicated to building smart city digital foundations and digital brains, says Guo Ping,

The Chinese city of Shenzen and Huawei have hosted city leaders for the 2019 Shenzhen Smart City Forum with International Friendship Cities.

The forum, which is held to promote communication and cooperation on smart cities, took place in Shenzen from 14-15th May.

The event brought together Shenzhen officials, Huawei executives and smart city experts, UN-Habitat experts and scholars, technology companies and city delegates.

Guest speakers included Guo Ping, Rotating Chairman of Huawei; Ugo Valenti, CEO of Smart City Expo World Congress; and Rui Costa dos Santos, Governor of the State of Bahia, Brazil.

“Huawei is dedicated to building a smart city digital foundation that enables integrating, exploring, analyzing, and sharing data, by using ubiquitous connectivity, a digital platform, and pervasive intelligence,” said Guo Ping.

“More importantly, we develop a digital brain for cities in hand with application partners, building a common ecosystem with mutual advantages. This brain will provide advanced ways to help cities make informed development decisions and will allow e-government, transportation, and policing domains to go digital. In doing so, we hope to build smart cities featuring smart administration, more benefits for residents, and prosperous industry development."

The Forum, which was held on the theme of “Ushering in a bright future for smart cities”, was organized by the Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office, Shenzhen Municipal People's Government, and co-organized by Huawei.

Atsushi Koresawa, Director for UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific said: “The United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals include one on sustainable cities and communities. We hope to drive the realization of SDG through smart city endeavors with confidence. We are to face the challenge from smart city construction, but also embrace its unlimited potential. From the perspective of the UN, international cooperation is significant. We see a very good platform here today for cities to share experience.”

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