ICK, represented by Uranik Begu (Executive Director) is attending the 2nd International Forum “Promoting Smart Cities – Challenges & Opportunities”, which is organized Under the Patronage of The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Albania, in Durres.
The objective of the forum is to gather and share ideas, knowledge, experiences and best practices among researchers, public authorities and and professionals that will merge into a vision of a smart city for sustainable and intelligent development.
It’s the annual occasion for all its stakeholders to concepts and advance the smarter city. The Forum is an ideal gathering place for leaders, representatives from the private sector, multilateral development banks, governments, housing authorities, academia, and civil society organizations from across the region/world to share and learn about successes for implementing smart growth principles and techniques in tackling many of the most crucial social, health, and development priorities in our communities.
Smart cities make urbanization more inclusive, bringing together formal and informal sectors, connecting urban cores with peripheries, delivering services for the rich and the poor alike, and integrating the migrants and the poor into the city.
With the participation of the Prime Minister of Albania, Mr. Edi Rama, ministers of the Government of Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, as well as important actors with regard to topics on the Smart cities from Italy, England, Austria, Netherlands and Germany, the Forum will lay the foundations for future initiatives and collaborations.
The SMART CITY FORUM is built on five thematic pillars:
Smart Governance – Economic Diplomacy
Smart People – Community Schools
Smart Working and Living
VIP list attending the forum, include: Yousuf Hassen Yousuf Al-Saai, Ambassador of Qatar in Albania, Romana Vlahutin, Head of EU Delegation to Albania, Milena Harito, Minister of Innovation and Public Administration, Massimo Gaiani, Ambassador of Italy in the Republic of Albania, Ger Baron, Chief Technology Officer, City of Amsterdam, Head of National Observatory Smart City, Italy, Behgjet Pacolli, Former First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Philipp Keller, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Switzerland in Albania, Genti Beqiri, Director of the Albanian Investment Development Agency, Dénis Décosterd, Head of the City Development and Communication, City of Lausanne, Raymond Saner, Director, DiplomacyDialogue, City of Geneva, Giuseppe Di Giovambattista, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Archidata, Eero Antikainen, Head of research, University of Savonia, Finland, Ioannis Fallas, Director or Nikolaos Davos, Manager, Cluster of Bio energy and Environment Western Macedonia, Greece, Massimo Fadel, Architect Cooprogetti S.R.L, Arsim Bajrami, Minister of Education, Technology and Innovation, Kosovo, Lindita Nikolla, Minister of Education and Sports, Republic of Albania, and more.