Coinciding with the commemoration ceremony of World Cities Day, the presidency meeting of UCLG-MEWA Committee on Smart Cities and Urban Mobility was held in Tehran Municipality on Nov 2-3, 2019.
During the meeting, held with the participation of the ministry of Information and Communications Technology, the rich presence of the mayors, city leaders, local and urban officials and representatives of diplomatic corps and international organizations, Tabriz mayor stated that absence of integrated management results in lack of decision-making in solving current problems and obstacles of the country.
Dr. Iraj Shahin Baher, the mayor of Tabriz and co-president of UCLG-MEWA Committee on Smart Cities and Urban Mobility reiterated that due to the intense population increase experienced in cities, urban managers encounter plenty of challenges in various fields of the city, so that the services of the local governments may fail in this regard.
The mayor later cited that in the last 60 years, urban population of Iran has changed from 30 percent to 75 percent.
Touching on the gravity of metropolises in the world, 60 percent of Gross domestic product (GDP), 8 percent of economic growth, 80 percent of energy consumption, 19 percent electric consumption are in the metropolises, indicating the growth of urbanization and its importance in the world.
Co-President of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Smart Cities and Urban Mobility, pointing to the problems of urban communities around the world, mentioned that air pollution, urban crises, lack of sustainable income sources, unemployment problem, traffic, water resources constraints, building instability and lack of green space, to name a few are, among the challenges and obstacles of urban communities.
He also said that the lack of information sharing, inadequacy of today's municipal administration, lack of citizenship education, absence of information on smart city requirements, technical complexity and information integration, and need of information technology infrastructure are the limitations of Smart city implementation in the metropolises.
Tabriz mayor elsewhere in his remarks noted that cities are influential in economic, environmental and social spheres and the idea of smart city is to integrate information and communication technology and various devices connected to the network to optimize, utilize services and urban applications and connect it with citizens.
Iraj Shahin Baher emphasized that the smart city allows the authorities of a city to communicate with the community and the urban infrastructures.
"What drives a city to the smartization is not just electronic and technological tools, but is to plan and use it to improve the quality of urban services," said Co-President of the Smart Cities and Urban mobility Committee of UCLG-MEWA.
In the last part of his speech, the mayor of Tabriz stated that the goal of the smart city plan is to improve the quality of life and reiterated that smart city is trying to manage buildings, health, environment, public transport, energy consumption, infrastructures and education smartly.