Joint initiative ANMP, Cluster Smart Cities Portugal, AICEP and NOVA Cidade, which aims to promote Portuguese companies and municipalities in the area of smart cities at the Smart City Expo World 2020 Barcelona, which runs from 17th to 19th November 2020, in Barcelona. This event, currently the world reference for cities, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
The Smart City Expo World 2020 Barcelona is currently the world reference for cities and this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, which is why it was believed that this is the year for a national presence based on 3 Internationalization Bets:
- Environment & Quality of Life;
- Governance & Citizenship.
The Smart Cities Section of the National Association of Portuguese Municipalities (ANMP) in partnership with NOVA Cidade – Urban Analytics Lab of NOVA Information School and with the support of the General Consulate of Portugal in Barcelona, were on the 20th and 21st of April at the SMARTCITY Expo World Congress, in Barcelona, with a delegation of Portuguese mayors.
The delegation had representatives at the highest level of the City Councils from Águeda, Caldas da Rainha, Funchal, Guarda, Guimarães, Lagoa, Loures, Murtosa, Oeiras, Pinhel, Santarém, Seixal, Sintra and Viseu and according to Almeida Henriques, Vice -President of ANMP, “The joint visit of the different Portuguese municipalities gives visibility to Portugal’s role in the Smart Cities area and allows not only the knowledge of innovative solutions to be applied in Portugal, but also the sharing of good practices between municipalities.”
The 2019 edition had the theme “Cities Made of Dreams”, establishing as a mission “Empowering cities and generalizing urban innovation worldwide. Promoting social innovation, establishing partnerships and identifying business opportunities, this event focuses on creating a better future for cities and their citizens around the world”.
A delegation of representatives from several Portuguese municipalities visited the site of the Smart City Expo World Congress, which took place between the 13th and 15th of November in Barcelona. In an initiative organized by the Smart Cities Section of the National Association of Portuguese Municipalities (ANMP) and Nova IMS, national officials made a point of being present at the stands of Portuguese companies and discovering the latest solutions made in Portugal.
The purpose of this trip was not only to discover the latest solutions, but also to seek inspiration for the next edition of the Portugal Smart Cities Summit, which should take place next year, at Parque das Nações. In the plans of the ANMP, there is also another Smart Cities Tour, whose start is scheduled for next December, and whose mission is to help Portuguese municipalities to adopt the concept of urban intelligence.
Among those who are more advanced in this area and those who are having their first contact with smart city projects, “we have a country at three speeds”, said Almeida Henriques. For the mayor, the development of Portuguese territories in this sense comes up against two main difficulties that deserve urgent attention: digital cohesion, with a part of the country where access does not yet exist, and the absence of a national strategy for the sector. “A Ministry for the Cities is needed”, admitted those responsible.
The delegation, in addition to Viseu, also followed representatives from Faro, Guimarães, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Torres Novas, Oeiras, among others, who visited the stands of national companies Compta, Extruplás, Ubiwhere, Wavecom, and international giants such as Huawei, NEC and Deloitte, where the municipality of Cascais is highlighted.