Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director Dorothy Kisaka has urged cities to prioritize policies that promote diversity, increase in production, export competitiveness.
She also urged cities to put more emphasis on investment in skills development, productive jobs creation, and capacity retention.
She made the remarks as KCCA hosted the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGo) Executive Committee (EXCOM) meeting with focus on how to make cities smart.
The event which was held under the theme; “Resilience in the Face of Adversity: Smart Cities as Engines for Social Economic Transformation” provided an opportunity for participants to give various insights on the measures to develop agile cities and the key role of citizens as contributors to policy and implementation of smart cities.
Kampala is the first city on the African continent to host this international event, which brings together more than 200 members around the world and serves as their international platform to improve the quality of life, innovate in the delivery of public services, and strengthen regional competitiveness.
“Kampala City is Championing a Smart City campaign by leveraging technology to improve service delivery based on the three core pillars that drive Smart Cities that is; Technology, Infrastructure and People well-being,” she said.
Kisaka noted that the WeGO EXCOM 2022, will trigger a new discussion for cities’ approach towards inclusiveness and resilience amidst economic challenges.
“Many cities are facing increased pressures to provide essential services while simultaneously coping with dramatic revenue declines,” she said, adding, “It is important for harnessing collaboration with other cities through different forums”
Jung Sook Park, secretary general of WeGO said through the creation of these cooperation networks between cities, they\ can work to strengthen the capacity of our cities to design and implement solutions to urban challenges.
“Smart city is no longer a simple application of technology in city management. Smart city is a culture for the lives of citizens. We must make this smart city culture sustainable and inclusive so that no one is left behind,” she said.
She noted that WeGO has always been at the forefront of representing the voice of the leading cities, corporations, and societies to build a sustainable smart city together.