Smart Cities: México and Latin America

By Fernanda Duque Hernández

Leaders discuss new ways to ensure citizens welfare in the region.

The accelerated growth of Latin American cities has forced governments to face challenges of mobility, sustainability and infrastructure head on. The purpose of this is to improve aspects that are necessities for an adequate standard of life for its citizens.

At the 10th edition of the World Economic Forum on Latin America, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton; Medellin’s, Anibal Gaviria and the Mexico City Chief of Government, Miguel Angel Mancera; assembled to take part in the session titled “the New Urban Agenda” for the construction of smart cities all over the continent.

But what is a smart city? In general terms it is a metropolis that has reached a certain level of urban development, basing its growth on sustainable practices to cover the basic needs of its citizens, institutions and companies.

In this area, the three mayors agreed that to achieve this goal, it is necessary to use the tools that technology offers to improve transportation, infrastructure and public services, as well as reducing emissions.

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It has been proven that by optimizing even one of these issues, automatically other areas have shown improvements as well. Mexico City is an example. In the last years the local government has migrated a large number of its procedures to digital platforms, which have reduced costs, time and even rush hour traffic.

Jordi Botifol, president of Cisco in Latin America, added that to achieve progress in physical and digital mobility - in fact, any area - it is necessary to ensure there is cooperation between government and private companies to prioritize the achievement of social welfare.

During the session, the importance of cooperation not only between nations but between Latin American cities to exchange ideas, models and investments for the creation of more and more smart cities in the region was highlighted.

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